Even at the beginning of your high school career, it’s important to look to the future. One of the best things you can do for your future is to take challenging classes in your core subjects. Though it may seem like torture now, the more difficult the class is now, the better it will prepare you for college! Most universities require four years of English, three years of social studies, math and science while most now require at least two years of a foreign language. Talk to your guidance counselor about what Advanced Placement (AP) courses meet your needs and requirements. Outside of your core classes, take courses that reflect your interests.

Another key portion of the college prep process is community outreach and involvement. Get involved in volunteering, team sports or the arts. By keeping busy and being on top of your grades shows what type of college student you’ll be. The better you are at this, the higher your chance of being accepted into your dream college will be! Not to mention it will also help you succeed in your college studies as well. Remember, it’s quality over quantity when it comes to academics and extracurricular activities. Make sure to prioritize activities that will look good on a resume. And don’t forget to start putting together your resume now! Keep track of your achievements as they happen so you’re prepared when it comes time to fill out your application.

It’s never too early to start saving for college. Look into as many scholarship opportunities as you can, but also talk to your parents about setting up a savings account for your college career. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website can help you get some financial aid estimates. These figures can help you plan ahead for college, help you with money management and get you started with preparing for your education.


As a parent, your job is to encourage and care for your child as they pursue a higher education. Assume your child will go to college and plan accordingly. Make sure you have an open, honest, motivational conversation about attending college. To help foster the sentiments of the conversation, ensure your child is studying properly, taking part in extracurricular activities and planning for the future. Push your child to take as many AP classes as possible to give their application an edge. Start saving as soon as possible as well. Regardless of how much college will cost, having a nest egg to lean on will make the college process significantly easier.