PLANNING CHECKLIST FOR FRESHMEN
Getting prepared for college and your career is easy. The following checklist will help you to be prepared for what’s ahead. Read through the list items and follow the links to work through each one.
1. Read LEARN MORE magazine
Take some time to read through your Learn More magazine. It’s all about thinking about your career, planning for college and paying for it all. You should have gotten a copy from your school. You can also download a copy here.
2. Review and update your high school graduation plan
Meet with your guidance counselor at the beginning of the year to make sure your graduation plan reflects your college and career goals. If you’ve been keeping track of your plan online, login in to Indiana Career Explorer to review it and make any necessary adjustments in your class schedule as soon as possible. Learn more about graduation plans here.
3. Explore careers
Use the resources on this site to learn about different careers, explore your interests and take a career assessment. You can also learn about what degrees are required for different careers. Visit the career section to learn more.
4. Research Indiana colleges
Learn about the different kinds of colleges around Indiana and what degrees they offer. You can start making a list of colleges that you might be interested in attending based on your career goals. Visit the college section to learn more.
5. Talk to your parents about money
Start saving for college now! Talk to your parents about opening an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan. If you already have an account set up, great job! You can help your parents save by setting aside allowance and birthday money that can go in to your account. You can login or sign up for an account at CollegeChoiceDirect.com.
6. 21st CENTURY SCHOLARS: Complete your requirements
If you’re a 21st Century Scholar you will need to complete three activities each year as part of the Scholar Success Program. Track your progress online and complete the requirements by creating a ScholarTrack account here.