TimeTable For College-Bound Youth

By Latahjia Robinson

Don’t know where to start with college? Always wanted a guide to help? With this timetable you’ll easily be focused for finding the right college for you.

Freshman

Fall

  • With being new to high school it’s good to do extracurricular activities, it looks good on your college application and shows that you are a active and social student.

  Winter

  • Since you’re starting off fresh it is best to make good grades, it’ll impact your GPA and Class Rank in a good way.

  • Find careers that  go well with your interest and hobbies.

  • Try to have a college saving plan. That is the easiest for you and your parents to save if they are willing to help you out.

Sophomore

 Fall

  • See a guidance counselor to discuss plans for preparing for college.  

Winter

  • Talk to counselor about your college preparatory selection and also to decide what classes to take that are in your weaker areas.

Junior

Fall

  • Taking the PSAT qualifies for you to be in the National Merit Scholarship program to actually earn money for college which can be more money.

  • Now it’s time for you to decide which college is best for you (vocational college, two year or four year).

  • Try going to visit colleges in state and out of state colleges to see what sparks your interest.

  • Check your class rank and GPA, if it is not the greatest then there is always time to show improvement.

  • Make a list of colleges that you are interested in, and start looking into them to see if that’s the right for you.

   Winter

  • Try staying involved in extracurricular activities.

  • Stay consistent with making a college plan.

  • Learn more about financial aides for college (scholarships, grants, etc.)

Spring

  • Start searching for scholarships that you can apply for.

  • If you are wondering who can write a letter of recommendation, try asking your guidance counselor or a teacher that will speak fondly of you.

  • Having an internship or summer job that you are interested in would look good on college applications and the money you earn would pay test and application fees.

Senior

  • Always trying maintaining improvement with your grades.

  • Complete applications.

  • Keep track of deadlines for you top 3 schools of interest.

  • Contact colleges for catalogs and information about financial aid

  • Complete FASFA!

With this timetable it should be an easier process to do, and good luck!