The 2016 Olympics have been such a source of American effort and pride. While watching a soccer match over the past few days, I was reminded of the importance of each and every G..O..A..L! Yes, I am referring to that announcer who goes crazy and extends that long pronouncement that a particular team has just scored. Well, that G..O..A..L, is the result of many small milestones that were set and rehearsed over the course of many, many years. That got me thinking about another kind of goal…the kind of goal that each and every student should be setting at the beginning of each and every year that will help them prepare for the college years and beyond.
High School Freshman…GOAL
Yes, planning for the college years starts here. Actually, it should start much earlier, but for most people, the freshman year marks the beginning of their college preparation. Why? Because every academic grade you make from here on out has a direct impact on your college future. So here is the GOAL…Develop good study habits! Parents, help your student stay on top of their studies. Help them develop proper academic planning techniques (Buy a planner). Learning the skill of asking good questions both in and out of class will be essential. Keep on top of you grades. Remember, this year’s grades will be on your transcript, and college will see these grades. Therefore it is essential to develop good study skills early.
High School Sophomore…GOAL
Here is a quick GOAL…Start saving for college. Getting into college is a family affair and the saving doesn’t have to fall entirely on the parents’ shoulders. Having your student share some of the responsibility can help build character and will teach him/her life skills that will be beneficial throughout his/her life. Teach him/her to save some money, as well.
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High School Junior…GOAL
You are half way through your high school years and college is right around the corner. Good study habits should be in place, and there is a small savings account in place. So what now? Here is a GOAL for your Junior year…make a list of potential colleges. Make a list, check it twice, and then collect as much information as you can. We have actually already spoken about this in one of our previous posts. So check that out here. The college list is important, because you begin to see a clearer picture of the finances needed for the college years.
As you can see, there are important goals in the student’s life on their way toward college. Next week we will look at a few more goals that will help prepare for the college years and beyond.