How Can You Become “College Ready?”

Higher education is an important part of taking control of your destiny. You might hear people talk about becoming “college ready.” What does that mean?

Becoming ready for college is about more than getting good grades in English and Math (but that's important too!). You're working on becoming college ready whenever you challenge yourself in your classes and set aside time to study. Managing the money you earn from a job helps you become college ready. So does building your technical skills.

What are you already doing to become college ready? The good news is that this isn't something you do all at once. It's a process, and there are things you can do every day to get there. Here are just a few steps you can take now to prepare for college and create the future of your dreams.

  • Become familiar with academic standards for college. What is expected from college-bound, career-oriented students?
  • Set up an appointment with your school counselor. Together, develop a plan to meet your college and career goals.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities. You might play a sport, join a school club, volunteer, or get a job. These activities can help develop skills such as teamwork that will help you in college and a career. Remember, showing commitment to the activities you choose is more important than trying to build a big list.
  • Also, be sure to check out some of the great resources listed below.

Resources

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  • Motivational Mini-Poster – Create Your Own

    Add your photo in the middle and add quotes from our role models to create a mini-poster that will inspire and motivate you to dream big and achieve your goals.
    (245.29 KB, pdf)
  • Smart About STEM Certificate

    Explore 10 STEM careers to earn this certificate. Set a goal of exploring careers in each STEM area: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
    (570.16 KB, pdf)
  • Positively Empowered Certificate

    Complete 10 Empowerment Lessons to earn this certificate. Decorate a star for each Empowerment topic you explore. Write the video topic on the line.

    (539.95 KB, pdf)
  • Career Connections Certificate

    Explore 10 different careers to complete this certificate. Decorate a star for each career area you explore.

    (546.35 KB, pdf)
  • Career Tracker

    This chart helps you keep track of careers you explore. (Print multiple copies of this page.)

    (99.33 KB, pdf)
  • Career Girls Journal

    Use this activity page as a follow-up to Career Girls videos. Each of four sections engages girls in examining careers more closely and making connections: What are important things to know about this career? What questions do I have about this career or role model? What…

    (140.63 KB, pdf)
  • Career Comics 3

    Use your imagination to create comics that explore questions about careers: How do I do this? What is this job like? Your comics can be funny, silly, clever, serious, or any combination. (Print multiple copies to create comics for more than one career.)

    (202.32 KB, pdf)
  • Career Comics 2

    Use your imagination to create comics that explore questions about careers: How do I do this? What is this job like? Your comics can be funny, silly, clever, serious, or any combination. (Print multiple copies to create comics for more than one career.)

    (151.59 KB, pdf)
  • Career Comics 1

    Use your imagination to create comics that explore questions about careers: How do I do this? What is this job like? Your comics can be funny, silly, clever, serious, or any combination. (Print multiple copies to create comics for more than one career.)

    (281.94 KB, pdf)
  • Is This a Career for Me?

    This graphic organizer helps you connect your interests and abilities with careers you’re exploring.

    (88.94 KB, pdf)
  • Career Action Plan

    Use this page to explore what it takes to prepare for a career. (Print multiple copies to explore more than one career.)

    (199.94 KB, pdf)
  • College Terms to Know

    Download this for a printer-friendly version of college terms for your students to become familiar with.
    (135.61 KB, pdf)
  • Inspirational Bookmarks

    Dare to Dream | Be Humble Be Strong and Stay True to Yourself | Choose Your Path and Walk It With Pride - Print free inspirational bookmarks. Five styles per page.
    (1.03 MB, pdf)
  • Math Opens Doors…

    ...If you can do math, you can do well in any other subject. Print this free motivational 8" x 8" mini-poster.
    (2.61 MB, pdf)
  • Nothing is Impossible…

    ...and don't let anyone tell you any other way. Print this free motivational 8" x 8" mini-poster.
    (1.99 MB, pdf)
  • If Someone Tells You No…

    ...and quiet down, say yes and be louder! Print this free motivational 8" x 8" mini-poster.
    (2.01 MB, pdf)

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