Start Here!

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

What can YOU do right now to get ready for college?



  • Map out a good course plan for your high school career
  • Identify extracurricular activities that you ENJOY and CARE ABOUT
  • Try new things
  • Start keeping track of accomplishments, accolades, leadership roles – your RESUME
  • Athlete? – make sure you take your high school’s NCAA core courses to make sure you take the right classes
  • Artist, Writer, Performer? – start thinking about building a portfolio, enter competitions

“The way to get started is to quit talking and start DOING!” – Walt Disney


  • Take the PLAN (ACT practice test)
  • Take the PSAT (SAT practice test)
  • Start to narrow down the extracurricular activities to those you can SHINE IN
  • What leadership roles could you achieve this year/next year?
  • Start thinking about what might appeal to you in a college
  • Think about which colleges you might like to explore
  • Visit colleges near you – HINT register for the tour – demonstrate interest

“The scariest moment is just before you start.” – Stephen King


  • The Year of the Test
  • Determine what kind of test prep is right for you
  • Focus in on SAT or ACT
  • Survey your values and goals
  • Identify college list based on interests, values and goals
  • Visit colleges while in session – register for tour
    • Email Admissions Contacts for your area to indicate interest and ask questions
    • If an athlete email coaches and fill out recruiting questionnaires

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb


  • Identify – ask Recommenders
  • Determine Application Strategy
  • Apply to Schools
  • Send thank you note to Recommenders!
  • Complete Financial Aid Applications
  • Select School and Pay Deposit
  • Prepare for Graduation!!!!!!!

“Sometimes life hits you on the head with a brick.  Don’t lose faith!” – Steve Jobs


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