For Freshman - College and Career Planning for Freshman

  • The following are a list of recommendations from the Guidance Office to help you stay on track your freshman year.

     

                For students who want to attend college, trade, or technical school:

     

    -          Use on-line tools and personal contacts to find out what type of education you will need for the career(s) you are considering.  Some useful web sites are www.bridges.com  (log in information is available in the Guidance Office), www.collegeboard.com, www.act.org, www.EducationPlanner.org, www.collegeview.com, www.petersons.com.

    -          Talk to friends and family members about the schools and training programs they attended.  Find out if you can spend a day job shadowing with them.

    -          Get involved in sports, clubs and community activities.  These may help you decide on a career and/or give you ideas about what to write about in your college application/scholarship essay.

    -          Think about the high school courses that are needed for college acceptance.  Most colleges like to see two years of the same foreign language (taken in grades 9-12), math through Algebra II and two lab sciences (physics, chemistry, biology).

     

                For students who desire full-time employment after graduation:

     

    -          Talk to friends and family members about the schools and training programs they attended.  Find out if you can spend a day job shadowing with them.

    -          Most employers are willing to train you if you are willing to be at work everyday and on time.  Make sure you get in this habit now.

    -          Think about the high school courses that will help you get a job.  Explore the technology and business courses that might give you the edge over another applicant.

     

                For students who want to enter a branch of military service:

     

    -          Check out on-line information for the service branch of interest.  US Army (www.goarmy.com), US Navy (www.navy.com), US Air Force (www.airforce.com), US Marines (www.Marines.com), US Coast Guard (www.gocoastguard.com), US Merchant Marine (www.usmma.edu), ROTC (www.military.com/ROTC).

     

    Make sure you understand the physical requirements needed for each branch of the service.  Work toward meeting those requirements before you begin basic training.