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When our Maura Kastberg appeared on the TV program Schenectady Today, the host seemed shocked that students should really start preparing for college in 8th grade. The days of starting when you’re a junior are long gone.
You really do need four years of high school to plan for four years of college.
Advantages to Early College Prep
By starting college prep early, you can improve your
Setting Goals as Part of College Prep
“How can I pick classes to meet goals I don’t know yet? I’m not sure if I’m going to college, or what major I’d like to take, or even what career I’m really interested in.”
It’s a fair question, and one with a relatively simple solution: take personality tests that determine your interests and abilities. Unfortunately, not a lot of schools offer these tests (the Department of Defense estimates about 15%), but they can be a big push in the right direction when it comes to selecting classes, extracurricular activities and colleges.
The real key is knowing your goals. Once you have those in place, putting a plan together to meet them is a whole lot easier!
Here’s Maura’s appearance on Schenectady Today:
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