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College Planning Timeline

7th Grade
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Work at developing good study habits.
Maintain good grades.
If you need help, get it from a teacher, tutor, mentor or even a friend that excels in that subject.
Start saving for college.
Sit down with your family and look into 529 college savings plans.
Talk to someone - your school counselor, your teacher, a mentor or family member - about the following:
  • The different types of Prepare for College opportunities for education after you complete high school
  • The importance that colleges and universities place on your grade point average, including which years colleges will evaluate when deciding whether to admit you
  • The many academic enrichment programs, including summer and weekend programs, as well as career exploration opportunities that may be available through your school or local colleges - ask them about them!
Play "Show Me the Future Link opens to new window" to learn about how to manage money and other skills for living to help you prepare for your future.
Talk to people who have attended college to learn about their experiences.
Start thinking about which jobs interest you.
What kinds of work would suit your interests, abilities, aptitudes, values and learning styles?
Get involved in extracurricular activities like clubs, student organizations, sports and volunteer work.
If you're given opportunities to pursue academic subjects and extracurricular activities that are new to you, take them!
It will help you to expand your outlook.
Look into additional academic options that may be available in your area, such as magnet programs and school enrichment programs.
Check out summer programs available in your community.
Practice your time management and homework skills.
Learning to make the most efficient use of your time can help prevent you from getting overwhelmed.
Improve your reading, writing and math skills.
These basic skills will serve you well in both college and career.