You’re finally an upperclassman and you have the opportunity to take more elective courses that you’re interested in. Take this time to explore your interests even further. Junior year is very important in the college admissions process. There are many actions that you can take to better prepare yourself for your upcoming senior year and post graduation. The following timeline is suggested to keep you on track. Please see your counselor for any specific questions.
-Start researching colleges through College Board or Naviance.
-Take advantage of the school’s college fair in October to gather more information and ask questions of admission officers.
-Take the PSAT test given at PHS in October.
-If you’re interested in a major in the Arts start gathering material for your portfolio.
Consider doing a job shadow. If you think you know what career field you’d like to enter or if you have a career in mind but aren’t sure what is entailed see Mrs. Liebel in the Career Center to set up a job shadow. You will get to see what someone in the career you’re interested in does on a daily basis. It provides a great deal of information for you and can help you decide what you’d like to pursue.
If you are a student athlete and plan on participating in sports during college you must register with the NCAA on their website www.ncaa.org . Let your counselor know that you have done so.
-Begin to research financial aid sources. A great website to check out is www.fastweb.com.
-Sign up for the Acumen SAT prep course offered at PHS in the spring. Listen for announcements.
-Sign up for one of the spring SAT or ACT tests.
-Counselors will be meeting with you for Junior Planning. Make sure to take the time to read through the valuable information they give you about the admissions process and financial aid. See the Junior Planning Packet.
-When you meet with your counselor for next year’s course selection, make sure that you are enrolling in the courses that will meet the requirements of your post graduation goals. Colleges report that their first consideration when looking whether to accept a student is the difficulty of their classes and their grades.
-Attend the college fair in Hartford- transportation is provided from PHS.
-Take time to visit colleges that you are interested in applying to. A visit to the school is crucial in your decision making process.
*Also make sure throughout this year that you continue to keep a list of awards, honors, and achievements so that you will have this ready for when you make your resume senior year.