Information for Juniors

  • Counseling Center Presentation for Juniors

    2019 Junior Night Presentation

     

    11th Grade To-Do List:

    Continue looking at colleges. This is the year to be narrowing down your long list of colleges to about five.
    Things to consider:

    • Does it offer the major you're interested in?
    • Is it the right size for you?
    • Location - how far is it away from home? What is the weather like? How does the campus look?
    • Have you visited any colleges or universities? You get 3 excused absences your junior year. Also, most colleges gear their Open Houses toward juniors in the spring, so take advantage!
    • Can you afford it?

    Take College Entrance Exams (aka the SAT and the ACT):

    • It is a good idea to take the SAT spring semester.
    • The ACT will be given at SVHS in March. Don't miss it!
    • Take either the SAT or ACT a second time during the Spring semester, or the summer between your junior and senior year. You should make a 2nd attempt at whichever test you scored better on the 1st time.
    • Remember, if you receive free or reduced lunch, you are eligible for fee waivers. See your counselor for fee waivers.
    • You can register online for the SAT and for the ACT
    • Do NOT begin your senior year without 2 college entrance exams under your belt!

    Bring up your GPA:

    • Colleges look at your classes and the grades you made in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.
    • Colleges use your final GPA from your junior year when making admissions decisions, so this is your last chance to improve upon your GPA.

    Create a Resumé:

    • Your resumé should include extracurricular activities (in and outside of school,) any honors you have received, leadership positions held, and detailed information concerning community service you have participated in.
    • You should include grades 9-11 right now. Make sure you add new information (community service, honors, etc.) as it occurs.

    CFNC.org:

    • If you do not already have an account, create one. You can use CFNC to apply for college next year, so make sure you are familiar with the website.
    • The 'Plan' tab has a lot of great information to help you prepare for your senior year and applying to college -Plan for College
    • You can take surveys, look at interest profilers, and assess your skills to help you decide what careers would be a good match for you on the 'Learn About Yourself' page.

    Athletes: Make sure you register with the NCAA Clearinghouse! See Mrs. Clark in the Guidance Office to do so.

    Planning Guides:

    There's a new planning guide from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NCAC) - "Tips for Parents with High School Teens - Countdown to College." This brochure has information to help you and your child learn what needs to be done to prepare for college.