After high school what will your plans be? Are you thinking about college, a trade school, or jumping into the career world? How are you planning to prepare for these things, and where do you start? Well, if you are deciding to attend college after high school, and you are a senior with a GPA that you are not quite happy with or the college you were interested in expects a higher GPA, you might have to consider some other options. For instance, a community college could be another choice. There are four different types of colleges; Cal States (CSU’S), University of California (UC’S), private and community colleges. There are other routes like trade schools or certiﬁcation and licensing programs. In preparing for these options you will need to do your research and ﬁnd out what will work for you, where you want to be in your future career, and what college path would be best to take, or if trade school, getting a license, or certifications are sufﬁcient. Before I continue, let me take a minute to address those students who do not want to go to college and would prefer to start working as soon as they ﬁnish high school. I recommend workshops on professionalism be taken, as well as, how to write resumes and cover letters. Googling professional resumes and cover letters would be a good idea so you know what is expected. Talking to people who are working, perhaps a family member or someone who you know that attends your church by asking them questions about how to write a resume, how to dress, and how to prepare for an interview. Use your resources and take any and every opportunity to put your best foot forward. Preparation is key!
Now let me go back to my students who want to receive higher education at a four year college. First, you have to get your applications ready, which can include transcripts, your high school testing scores, like your SAT scores, your purpose statement and resume when applying after high school to the four year institution of your choice. Whether you are a student who is planning to work after high school or attend college, all of the skills mentioned above are necessary. Learn how to write a good resume and purpose statement. Find out what each institution’s standards are and write your resume and purpose statement so that it is unique and coincides with those standards. College is competitive, but you are capable. You just need to have the tools to get you there.
For students who are interested in community college, which is a two year college, it might not be as competitive or difﬁcult. I went to community college and it took me a little longer to ﬁnish but it allowed me to ﬁgure out what I wanted to do and it prepared me for the college environment. It was less stressful.
Preparing for college and going to college comes with a lot of pressures but if you know what you want and you have all the tools you need, you will be ﬁ ne. Keep the faith, stay on course, and strive for knowledge because this is your future, and you hold it in your hands.
Good luck and God bless!!