Junior year… *results may vary*

But trust me, even though it may seem like high school is going to last forever, it’ll go a lot faster than you think, no cap. Let’s talk about how you can claim this year and manifest your goals for after high school. Here are 6 tips for high school juniors.

Adam Sandler in "Billy Madison" saying, "today, junior!"

1. Visit a College Campus

Get ready to feel like a celebrity, because when you walk around on campus, even Anna Delvey would be jealous of the attention. On top of that, you get to be the judge of which college is worthy of your presence.

To schedule a visit, all you have to do is contact the college’s admissions office. Or, if you’re unable to make it in person, just schedule a virtual campus visit here.

Anna Delvey character in "Inventing Anna"

2. Take or re-take a college entrance exam (SAT/ACT)

Ok, this one is obviously not as much fun as visiting college campuses, but it’s one of the most important tasks for high school juniors. Gear up to take the SAT or ACT during the spring semester.

You may have heard some colleges are doing away with the SAT/ACT requirement, but a lot of colleges still require an entrance exam score, and those who don’t may look more highly on your application if you provide one.

If you’re a 21st Century Scholar, the SAT or ACT is a requirement. There is a fee for each exam, but fee waivers are available for Scholars. 🥳 Talk to your school counselor to get one.

3. Search for scholarships

Scholarships = free money for your education. Applying for scholarships might be a pain, but the good news is that there are a lot of resources online to find them. Plus, your school counselor’s office will be able to recommend which ones you should apply to so that you don’t waste your time on ones that aren’t the right fit.

To find scholarships and grants offered by the state, visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/cost and use our scholarship finder tool. 

Money, books, graduation

4. Get involved in and outside of school

Whether or not you’re planning to apply for college after high school, getting involved is one of the best thing you can do. Part time job? Extracurriculars? Sports? Volunteering? Internships? Not only will these activities set you a part on your college applications and potentially provide scholarships, they are a great way to meet people, learn new things and network. Don’t sleep on extracurriculars!

5. Research your options

If you’re not sure what to do after graduation, do some research! There are so many different options for education and training after high school that it can be hard to find your path. Not to mention that the state of the world varies each day and makes things really uncertain.

To get an idea of Indiana’s various college types, click here. For help understanding various careers and jobs, talk to a professional! Or, do a Google search. Whatever you do, try to prepare yourself as much as possible to eliminate extra stress.  

Picture of people raising there hands to the question, "who here feels like they have no idea what they're doing?"

6. Keep your grades up

There’s still time for you to improve your grades, even if you got off to a rocky start in high school. First things first: What’s your GPA? If you don’t know, just ask someone at school and they’ll be able to help you figure it out. If your grades aren’t where you want them, commit yourself to improving. Talk to your teachers to get extra credit and possible study help. We believe in you!

Woman pointing at you saying, "you got this"

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