Even if you haven’t really devoted time to thinking about where you want to go to college – I assume that you have thought about why you want to go to college… and that’s a good start!
Using your ideas about why you want to go to college can point you in the right direction. Start the process with these steps:
- Consider creating a vision board (describe in a previous post this month) or a mindmap/web so you start to think about who you want to be in the future and environments that will support you in getting there.
- Gather what paperwork you do have and organize it into a file, notebook, or box – unofficial transcript, scores from standardized tests, letters of thanks or commendation for project you have done at school or in the community.
- Begin conversations with your parent(s) about the big questions – the cost of colleges these days (from under $10,000 to over $50,000), financial aid, moving away (how far?) from home…
- Start talking with your friends about what they’re doing – what they have accomplished so far, what they have learned, what questions they have, where they’re looking and why – just to get into the process. Be sure to listen carefully to what they say – I’ll bet that some of it bears checking out.
- Create a file (paper or computer) where you gather all your questions.
- Draft a timeline with all the pieces to this puzzle. If you’re looking for a quick link to this information look here
I have to say though, that I really prefer using a calendar or creating a chart so I can see the big picture and the details at the same time... I am checking out some planning/organizing tools… In fact, I am having so much fun doing it, it is taking DAYS! I’ll report back on it next post!
Write to me with your questions!