Did you know that over a quarter of all freshmen drop out or don't return for their second year of college because they're not prepared to handle the work load? Preparing for college ahead of time is not only key to getting into a good college, but being ready to tackle college level academics, increasing your chance of success in college, and having an all around enjoyable experience.
Many high school students see college as a continuation of high school and make the mistake of waiting to the last minute to prepare for and select a college. Not only do colleges have application deadlines, they also have admission requirements–many of which must be met months in advance. Waiting until senior year in high school to start preparing for college, while all too common, is unwise and puts you at a distinct disadvantage to those students who have thoughtfully and thoroughly prepared for college throughout their high school career.
So what are the benefits of preparing for college? Here are just a few.
- Getting into a good college
- Early admission
- Qualifying for scholarships
- Passing college courses in high school
- Ability to handle the college workload
- Less stress your senior year
- Better chance of making it through college
- Better all around college experience
- Develop a habit of going to bed and getting up at a regular time. Yeah, it may seem silly, but it really helps. College life starts early each morning, and you need to be accustomed to getting up early and ready to work.
- Get a part-time job and start learning how to manage money. College is expensive and most students are broke. If you want of live on more than ramen noodles, be able to pay your bills and have a little left over for the occasional date, you have to be able to budget.
- Make saving money for college a priority. We highly recommend setting up a 529 colleges savings plan as soon as you can for the tax breaks they provide and to start accruing interest.
Below you'll find information and resources that will help you develop a clear college preparation plan early and position you to get into the school of your choice and have a productive, fulfilling college experience.