Senior year will undoubtedly be an experience that many students will remember for years to come. Between classwork, finals, proms, cap and gown fittings, senior pictures and graduation ceremonies we want to make sure that college is on the to-do-list, if not at the top of the list. Most importantly we want students to be thinking and planning for the future. So what are some of the things that seniors and their families should be focused on? Well, we listed out some key things that will make the transition into adulthood and college life much smoother:
- Make a final decision on college: You and your student should be thinking and deciding on what college or colleges you will be applying to and knowing the key deadlines and important dates that relate to your applying to those institutions. For more information on UC’s visit: http://universityofcalifornia.edu/ and for Cal State’s visit: http://www.csumentor.edu/
- Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA): Completing the FAFSA is a sure way to find out if you qualify for Financial Aid, which will help you financially on purchasing books and supplies and any other related school purchases. For More information: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
- Finish the housing application process: For some seniors, dorms will be a housing option for them and if so, it’s important to understand what the college of your choice will need from you in regards to their application for housing. Research what the deadlines are so that you are prepared at getting the housing assistance you need.
- Research possible majors: As a senior you should be thinking about what you want to do with your life. Where do you see yourself working? What type of job do you want? Finding a major that relates to your future goals is important. Researching the colleges of your interest and finding out if the colleges offer the major you are interested in.
- Sign up for new student orientation: Most new student orientations consist of campus tours which will be important to participate in, as you begin to learn how to navigate your future college campus. New student orientations also offer information on the types of student services the college offers its students, like what programs offer money for books and supplies; where scholarship information can be found. New student orientations may offer you a chance to get to know some of the campus administrators, counselors, and other new students as well.