Friday, June 17, 2016

Helping Your Little Prepare for College and a Career

Is it ever too early to start thinking about college and a career? Most of us started when we were little with dreams of becoming firefighters, police officers, or even the President. As we grow up, we realize that finding the perfect career is much more difficult than our daydreams made it seem. There are a lot of factors that go into being accepted into college, paying for it, and finding a career that you love.

One of our goals is to help you help your Little transition from high school to college with ease. A big part of that transition is planning! Here are a few things to help your Little consider as they prepare for college:

1. Finances:
College is expensive; there is no doubt about that but is definitely worth the cost. The sooner a student starts making a plan the less overwhelming it will be when the time comes. Help your Little to understand the importance of making a plan for their future.

2. GPA:
Grade Point Average is a major influence toward which college a student can get into and it’s something that your Little should be paying attention to as soon as possible. Good study habits are formed early in life, and should be promoted when students are in middle school or sooner.

3. Classes
Maybe your Little isn’t quite at the age where he or she can pick their own classes, but when the time comes, help them to understand that colleges don’t just look at the grade they get, but the class they took to earn that grade. Help them understand that they should use high school as an exploratory tool. PSEO classes are a fantastic option to save money and start a college career as well. If your Little is open to it, research PSEO options with them.

4. Scholarships:
There are thousands and thousands of scholarships out there, you just have to search for them and put in the time and effort to fill them out. Scholarship acceptance comes from a student’s combined GPA, volunteer hours, community service, career choice and more. Help your Little research some scholarship options open to them and help them beef up their applications. We are also fortunate enough to be able to offer scholarships!

Federated Challenge Scholarship
WWBD Memorial Scholarship
Big Brothers Big Sisters Nursing Scholarship

5. ACT
Students everywhere dread the awful 4-hour prerequisite test for college. It isn’t fun, but it’s something college applicants have to do and it is something that should be taken seriously. There are tons of ACT practice sites and study aids that can help out. It might not be the most fun, but your Little will thank you for the help when their score comes in the mail.

It is important to take these factors into consideration to help your Little start saving money, have an idea of classes they’d like to take, and start high school with the mentality to study hard and keep their GPA up all 4 years.

If you are looking for more ways to get your Little thinking about the future, we invite you and your Little to attend the Career Exploration Night at St. Cloud Community and Technical College on June 21st. There, your Little can learn all about many different career opportunities right on campus. BBBS will also be taking a bus up to Brainerd for the Central Lakes College Tour and Safari North Wildlife Park on June 28th. This will be a fun way for your Little to learn about the college, visit Central Lakes college campus, eat some pizza - even visit the wildlife park!

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