Your College & Career Center

Your high school’s college and career center is the most valuable resource you have on campus. As a freshman you should start stopping in and checking out what information there is available on hand. You should do the same again sophomore year just to remember. In your junior year you should be in there weekly. As a senior you should stop by to ask if they’ll look over your admissions packet before you send it off.
Here is what to expect of your college and career center.
What’s Really After High School
The first thing you should ask the college and career center is what your options really are after high school. Believe it or not, it isn’t necessarily college. There are trade schools, military, and even junior colleges. You should ask about the full range of options just so you are informed.
Start Researching Colleges
If you are sure that college is the path you want to go, use the college and career center as a starting off point for your research. At the beginning you have no idea what college you want to attend and what major you want to study and that is okay. The college and career center is a good place to start because it won’t overwhelm you. There is a huge amount of information, but they present it in a way that you can handle. It is a good place to start funneling down all those incredible options to some that fit you best.
Start Researching Majors
You don’t know which college you want to attend or the major you want to study. That kind of makes picking a college tough. You don’t want to go to a college only to discover your passion is not offered on campus. Then you have to go through the bother of transferring. At the college and career center, start figuring out what you might like. Then use high school as a time to find internships to get a real grasp of what that work looks like and if you really want to do it. The college and career center will help you with internships.
How to Pay for College
The college and career center is a good place to figure this out. There are, thankfully, many smart ways to pay for college. Before even applying to schools, it is good to know if in-state is cheaper than out-of state (usually they are), which schools offer the best scholarships for your talents, and if junior college for two years is a good option to lower the cost of a four year college. This knowledge will also help you decide which schools to apply to and narrow down that seemingly overwhelming list of choices.

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