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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  • A Future That is Ours

    Deborah Cullinan, Chief Executive Officer: The more that we are inspired, the more we can see a future that is ours. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (2.19 MB, pdf)
  • A True Leader

    Rebekah Salwasser, Sports Executive: A true leader is able to walk in other people's shoes. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (2.07 MB, 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 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 Connections Certificate

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

    (546.35 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 Tracker

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

    (99.33 KB, pdf)
  • Choose Your Road

    Yvonne Spicer, Museum Educator VP: Choose your road and walk it with pride. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (2.32 MB, 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)
  • Dare to Dream

    Agang Ditlhogo, Social Entrepreneur: Dare to dream and dare to be bigger than anything you can imagine. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (2.17 MB, pdf)
  • Don’t Let Fear Stop You

    Danya Bacchus, Anchor Reporter: Don't let fear stop you. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (2.24 MB, pdf)
  • Don’t Work to Impress

    Danielle Akini, Tech CEO: Don't work to impress people. Work to solve a problem. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (2.12 MB, pdf)
  • Embrace Math

    Charmin Roundtree-Baaqee, Civil Engineer: Embrace math. One class does not define how well you do in a subject. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (1.90 MB, pdf)
  • Find Your Passion

    Elaine Zhou, Software Engineer: Find your passion. With hard work, you will get ahead. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (1.84 MB, pdf)
  • Find Your Purpose

    Ernestina Appiah, Entrepreneur: Find your purpose and you will become resilient. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (2.23 MB, pdf)
  • If You Allow Fear

    Allison Otto, Documentary Filmmaker: If you allow fear to paralyze you, you will never realize your potential. Download and print this free motivational 8" x 8" 300 dpi mini-poster.
    (1.84 MB, 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)
  • Integrity Bingo

    Print copies of these as gamecards to play Integrity Bingo with your group. Create 28 small pieces of paper, each labeled with a number from 1 to 28. Students fill out their Bingo cards, and then numbers are drawn at random until there is a winner.
    (429.37 KB, pdf)
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