November College Prep Checklist

Don't stuff yourself on turkey before checking off the items on our monthly list

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It’s November! It seems like once we get close to Thanksgiving, the semester is practically over. Don’t bail out just yet! There are final papers to write, exams to take, and a few college prep tips to remember.

If you’re a Freshman, start finalizing those plans for what courses you will take - not only next semester but for the next four years. Set the bar high. One of the best parts about high school is that you are surrounded every day by people who are willing to help you, so don’t be afraid to sign up for that challenging schedule. Establish a personal connection with your school counselor. Get to know them and let them get to know you. Also check out the Upward Bound program. You have to meet income standards set by the federal government, be a potential first-generation college student, and show you have the potential to get a college degree. You can start this program in any year of high school.

What up Sophomores! I know this sounds weird, but what are you doing this summer? It seems like a strange time to be thinking about summer programs, but you’d be surprised how early a lot of the applications are due. Now is a good time to start looking into opportunities. The applications can be lengthy, so check them out now and be thinking about essay topics, people who might write you letters of recommendation, and how you can get access to the documents you need.

Juniors- there are some important summer programs out there for you too! This is the time to start looking at applications like the Governor’s Scholars Program or Governor’s School for the Arts. I had many friends do this, and they wouldn’t trade it for the world. Now is an important time, too, for you to really buckle down and finish the semester strong. I can almost smell the turkey and dressing, but good scores on your finals and the end of the year coursework will be something to be proud of!

Senior citizens, this time next year, you will have almost completed your first semester of college! It’s easy to get a chronic case of senioritis right now, but let me tell ya, soak up everything you can from your classes this year. You’ll be glad you did when you get to college. That college knowledge can be tough stuff. Its weird too though that now is a time to switch gears. If you have chosen your college, December is usually the time to turn in early choice applications. These usually require letters, transcripts, etc. Better get on it. 

No matter what year you are in, the holiday season is a great time to do some volunteer work. As the weather gets colder and the holidays get closer, it is important to think about those who are in need. Find a toy drive, soup kitchen, or coat drive that could use your help. You don’t have to have a lot of money. Lots of organizations need volunteers to dedicate their time. When I was Miss Kentucky, I loved working for the American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and many more. Yes, you can put it on your resume, but I promise, you’ll get much more out of it than that. 


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