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5 Things Juniors Can do Right Now to Prepare for College

Junior year isn’t exactly easy. You have the ACT, SAT, and it is your last year to really get your GPA before college. With all that on your plate, you probably aren’t looking to add much more, right? Well, I’m here to ruin your day a bit. You should be looking to add a lot more to your plate. preparing for college isn’t something you can do in a day. If you want to make the right decision, and enjoy your senior year, you have to start preparing as soon as possible.

The good news is, we have tips on how. Check them out below!


1. Figure out what you’d like to pursue

This step is first on the list for a reason. It is probably the hardest thing you will have to do while preparing for college. There might be many things you want to pursue, or you might be unsure of your interests. Regardless, if you start considering your passions now, you will be able to plan for your college career more effectively.

There is a lot of advice floating around on finding your passion and choosing your college major, but I found these sources to be the most helpful.


Research programs in that area

Once you have decided what you would like to study, you should start researching colleges that are known for that program area. All you need to do is type “Best schools for ______” into your search engine of choice. You will want to compare multiple sources and make a list of the schools that are common to most sources. Once you have your list made, you can go to each school’s website and dig into their programs a little further.

Set your college standards

At this point, you may have a massive list of schools that all sound amazing, so it is important to make sure you put some standards into play. What do you care about in a school? Do they have to have AMAZING dorms? Is it important that there be a lot of on-campus activities? Is there a particular sports team that the school needs to have? Asking these questions will help you narrow down your options. Other “standards” might include:


  • The size of the college
  • The distance the college is from home
  • Extracurriculars the college offers
  • Tuition
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • The equipment and facilities you’ll have access to
  • The Graduation Rate
  • The job placement of alumni
  • Visit College Campuses

During you senior year, you are going to be crazy busy. You’ll be trying to finish your High School career strong, which means more studying. You’ll want to spend as much time as possible with your friends. And you will be completing last minute applications and applying for scholarships. You aren’t going to want to spend your weekends visiting college campuses (especially if they are out of state).

Do yourself a favor and visit a few colleges now. Get a feel for the campuses and the general vibe of the school. You’ll be able to tell pretty quickly if you can call a campus your home or not.


There are bound to be a few schools that you know you want to apply to, even if they are just your “safety” schools. Apply to these schools now. Get them out of the way while you have the free time. You don’t want to spend your senior year stressing over your applications. The more you finish now, the less you will have to do later.

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