It’s a plan! No matter what grade you’re in, you can get ready for your future.
Build good habits now that will help you be successful.
- Go to all your classes and turn in all assignments.
- Discover how you learn best and adopt strategies to support your preferences. Learn how to take notes, make outlines, and do research.
- Find a system that works for you to keep track of class material, assignments and deadlines.
- Determine the place that you study best (at home or at the library, for example). Practice good study habits.
- Ask for help from your teachers, parents, counselors, tutors, or friends. Use online resources like Khan Academy.
Take a full schedule of classes, including ones that are interesting, challenging, or ideally, both. Colleges would rather see respectable grades in challenging courses than amazing grades in easy classes.
- Take challenging classes, including those that may offer college credit.
- Take as much math as possible, especially if you are interested in STEM fields. Math helps you learn new ways to think and solve problems.
- Take a foreign/world language. Public universities in Oregon require at least two years of the same language.
- Take as many classes as your schedule allows. Explore new interests with electives including career and technical education (CTE) courses.
- JUNIOR FALL: Take the PSAT/NSMQT to qualify for scholarships.
- JUNIOR FALL: Take free practice tests and learn helpful tips for the SAT or ACT.
- JUNIOR SPRING: Sign up for and take the SAT or ACT.
- SENIOR FALL: Sign up for and take the SAT or ACT if you haven’t yet or want to re-take it.
You can go to college. There are countless possibilities when it comes to both college and career.
- Explore careers that match your interests. Learn what type of education you will need to be successful.
- Get to know the different types of colleges. Take a virtual tour or if possible, visit a college campus. Go with your family, on a school field trip, or attend a summer program. You can also meet with admissions representatives online, at your high school, or during a college fair.
- Think about what is most important to you in a college. Create a list of 5-10 colleges that match your needs.
Knowing how to get to college can be confusing.
- Use Oregon Goes To College’s checklists and templates to stay organized.
- Create a file of important documents and list of activities. Include copies of report cards and lists of awards and honors.
- Create and use a professional e-mail for all college-related activities.
- Connect with a counselor, teacher, mentor, or other program in your school or community.