Questions to Ask Before You Head Back to School
There are a few questions you'll want to ask yourself before the beginning of every year to make sure you're making the most of your high school career. Schedule a time to chat with your guidance counselor and run through this list of questions together:
Should I Think About Taking AP Classes?
Taking Advanced Placement classes is something every high schooler should consider. Not only will AP classes impress college admissions officers, passing the tests at the end of the year may mean you can skip some gen eds once you head to college. Ask your counselor what types of AP courses your school offers, what requirements you’ll have to meet to qualify for them, and if he or she thinks you’re prepared to succeed in this type of class.
Am I Scheduled to Graduate On Time?
You don’t want to make it to senior year before realizing you haven’t fulfilled some of your high school’s graduation requirements. Make sure you’re on track to graduate and see if there are any other mandatory classes you need to fit into your schedule before it’s too late.
What Else Will Make Me Appealing to Colleges?
Your guidance counselor knows the school’s student body – and the colleges they’re interested in – pretty well. So it only makes sense that he or she will be able to tell you what you need to do to stand out in the crowd, whether it’s pick up another extracurricular, start volunteering, or add another year of foreign language classes.
Are There Any Colleges I Should Start Looking At Now?
Don’t overlook college suggestions from your counselor! Expert advice from someone who knows you and your academic history is a great way to start thinking about which colleges are a good match for you. Write down any suggestions, add them to your college list, and see if they’re a good fit. While you’re at it, don’t forget to take the Careers and Majors personality assessment to figure out which schools have majors that fit your interests and skills.