12th Grade Senior?
Senior Year Prepares You For Lifetime Goals and Careers
This last year of high school will fly by fast, and each month gets you closer to your lifetime goals. If you haven’t mapped out a future vision and goals to support that vision, you may want to take time to solidify that now. Beyond high school and your further academic education, what else does your future look like?
Now is a good time to really get involved in the community, and in the business world if that will be your goal. Seek out volunteer opportunities, internships, or work experiences that can be added to the new resume you will be building. These experiences will also help you adjust to college life or other post-secondary plans like the military or a specialized training like an apprenticeship.
This is the time when you need to be thinking about value – the value you will bring to others. Future employers want employees who contribute and make a positive influence, and now is the time to start fine-tuning those skills.
Twelfth Grade Preparation for College
That final year of high school and here is a calendar / timeline for you to be sure you are getting things done to be ready for your Post-Secondary plan that will prepare you for your career choice, credentialing and/or certification or degree towards employment.
- Review your post-secondary choices with your counselor/teachers/parents.
- Collect and gather application websites and or secure the necessary materials to apply.
- Plan to retake the ACT or Sat depending upon your junior score.
- Begin applications and set up visits to your top 3 possible post-secondary schools.
- Get your essay ideas in rough draft form. Some may be needed for applications/others may be reworked to be used for scholarship applications.
- Contact teachers/coaches/employers/community members about writing letters of recommendation(s). Be sure to give them an activity sheet, so that they can personalize your letter. Give them at least 3 weeks to write it, and follow up.
- Continue making visits to post-secondary options. Attend college fairs if possible to connect with representatives in person.
- Continue applications and be careful of early decision deadlines or ones that have scholarship potential with them.
- Get all applications done during the College Application Week – the first week of November. Many Michigan schools are waiving fees during this time. Be sure to have a back-up plan of possible places- 2 year/ 4 year- in state and out of state.
- Continue searching for ways to pay for your post-secondary plan. Use websites and discuss financial plan with parents.
- Wrap up any post-secondary applications – Include a backup plan of a 2 year or 4 year college. If your first choice is out of state, plan an in-state back up also.
- Gather financial information. Get all letters of recommendation gathered. Update Activity list for scholarship applications.
- Continue to search for scholarships!
- Get your FAFSA PIN number and begin the online application. Ask your parents to get their taxes done early so that you can report accurate numbers.
- Organize letters of recommendation/essays/ and update Activity Resume to be ready for scholarship applications.
- Continue to investigate scholarships and apply.
- You should receive an SAR (Student Aid Report) from FAFSA with your aid eligibility. Check it over for accuracy. Make sure it is being sent to your top post-secondary choices.
- If you have not sent updated grades/transcripts to your top choices, make sure this gets done.
- Plan to take your AP, IB tests by signing up during this month. Pay fees as required.
- Continue scholarship applications. Make contact with your school to be sure you have accurate cost of attendance.
- Make sure you are sending in deposits to chosen post-secondary school. Most deadlines are MAY 1 to secure housing and orientation information.
- Let your high school counselor know of your choice. Follow procedures to be sure your final transcript gets sent to chosen post-secondary site so that graduation is verified.
- Communicate with financial aid office of your post-secondary school. Get loan applications filed if necessary.
- Let places know where you are not going. Call or send a post-card letting them know you will not be attending.
- Focus on graduation and summer readiness plans!
This information is also very helpful!
Its key to learn the differences between grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.
Find out what government financial aid you can apply for, and how, in Do You Need Money for College—Federal Student Aid at a Glance.
Learn how to avoid scholarship scams and identity theft as you look for financial aid and then attend college by visiting: https://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists/11th-grade
We also have a wide range of helpful resources right at the Lenawee College Access Network. If you don’t find what you are looking for contact us today!
Ask yourself some questions…
These questions might help you discover how you will work with others, either in advanced education or in the workforce; and they may help you determine some lifetime goals (click the tabs to advance through each question):
What role do you fit when working as a team – leader or follower?How do you communicate with others about a topic?What is your greatest accomplishment so far in your life?How have you helped or changed a person’s life or found a solution to a problem?What value do you want to bring to others around you or further away?