Make High School Count
It's not too soon to start thinking about your future!
If you are considering attending school (four-year college, university, career/technical school, or two-year college) after high school, you may find it helpful to do the following: after high school, you may find it helpful to do the following:
- Make a list of the schools that interest you.
- Gather information from each school and study it.
- Register to take the ACT or SAT Assessment before December of your senior year (spring of your junior year is recommended).
- Visit the campus of each school you are seriously considering.
- Apply early for admission and housing.
- Apply early for financial assistance. Pay attention to deadlines listed in the financial aid information you receive from your counselor and the schools you are interested in attending.
- Find out about local, state, federal and private student financial assistance programs.
- Make your decision. Take time to review all information carefully and weigh your options.
If your are considering serving in the Armed Forces after high school, you might find it helpful to do the following:
- Visit with friends, neighbors, and relatives who have served in various branches of the Armed Forces.
- Study the military literature available in your counseling office.
- Evaluate any physical limitations that might prevent you from serving in the Armed Forces.
- Compare military training opportunities with possible civilian occupations.
- Arranged with your counselor to visit with various military recruiters during your junior and senior years of high school. When meeting with recruiters, listen very carefully, ask tons of questions, and ask to see it in writing.
- Compare benefits, tours of duty, training, and promotion opportunities of military programs.
If you are considering direct employment after high school, you might find it helpful to:
- Explore your special abilities and interests with your school counselor.
- Collect and study materials about writing resumes and letters of application.
- Consider whether you want to move away from your home region after high school.
- Visit with individuals working in various occupations that may be of interest to you.
- Become familiar with major employers in the areas where you are interested in working.
- Be knowledgeable about the career/technical program offerings available in your high school.