Here is your college road map!
Choosing to go to college is not an easy decision. Not only do you need to make sure that you are ready to take on the challenges you will face in college, you need to make sure that earning a college degree is something you need to do in order to have the career that you want! Follow the steps on this page to make sure you are traveling in the right direction!
Step #1: So...you think you want to go to college? First, you need to make sure that you are enrolled in the right courses. Taking the minimum courses for graduation is NOT ENOUGH to get you into a typical college or university. You need to be taking COLLEGE PREPARATORY CLASSES . By the time you graduate high school you need to have taken the minimum of the courses listed in this table (Career Program and Vocational programs are OPTIONAL, but recommended for certain career outcomes)
Step #2: Once you are enrolled in the right courses, you are on the right track. Earning a GPA of AT LEAST a 2.5 will greatly improve your chances at getting accepted to the college of your choice.
Step #3: BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE! Your case manager is here to support you; however, you need to become comfortable talking to adults about your strenghts, weaknesses, and your learning differences. Check out this website for help with defining your disability and learning how to advocate for yourself! http://www.going-to-college.org/myplace/disability.html
Step #4: There are many reasons why a high school student picks a certain college. You will want to make sure that you pick a college that suits all of your needs. First and foremost, you need to decide what career area you are interested in! "How can I do that?", you say? Well, you need to complete the career exploration exercises that you are assigned in study strategies class!! In addition to those activities, there are a plethora of resources out there to help you understand your interests and match you strengths, interests, and needs with a career area.