Learn how to apply your major to specific career areas, what types of employers are hiring for different majors, and strategies for breaking into particular fields. Remember, your major does not always determine your career. Professionals use their education in a variety of fields. Be sure to explore a variety of resources as you research possible career paths.
8 Ways to Prep for College Applications over Spring Break
Spring break can be a prime time to prep for a standout college application, and prevent stress closer to application deadlines. Use this much-needed vacation from school to consider what you really want out of college, and what you still need to do to get there.
Start Drafting Your College List
Do some soul searching over spring break to figure out what you want from your prospective colleges. Is your best fit college known for its chemistry department? Does it host a thriving theater scene? Talking to a college counselor about your dreams and goals can help you identify what’s important to you as you make your preliminary college list.
College Road Trip
A college website or brochure is no substitute for talking with actual students, visiting the science labs, sitting in on lectures, or grabbing lunch in the cafeteria. Make a plan to tour some of the schools that you are considering, and see if any of them could feel like home.
Make Time for Extracurriculars
Colleges want to know what you do with your spare time so that they can get a sense of who you are. This Spring Break try something new or investigate a career goal or study interest. Are you destined for a life in medicine? Shadow an RN for the week or volunteer for a local organization. Prove to colleges that your commitment to extracurricular activities isn’t tied to the school calendar.
Brainstorm for Your Application Essays
The 2016-17 Common App essay prompts are out. Plan topics for your personal statements by reflecting on the activities you care about. What are the aspects of your background, personality, and interests that make you unique? Who are the people who have influenced you? What experiences have challenged you?
Prep for the ACT or SAT
Whether you try some practice questions, review geometry concepts, or take a prep course, you’ll thank yourself later if you study now! Improving your score by a hundred points on the SAT or even one point on the ACT can significantly boost your chances of admission at many schools.
Look into Financial Aid
Cast a wide net in your search for grants and scholarships. Dedicate some time this break to researching scholarships, including application deadlines and eligibility requirements.
Pick Your Senior Year Classes
Yes, your classes and grades still matter your senior year. Choosing honors and AP classes when you can shows schools that you are serious about college-level work. Plus, high scores on AP exams can help you graduate college early and save you money on tuition.
Make Summer Plans
Summer counts! Whether you take a job as a camp counselor, practice your Spanish in Guatemala, or prep for the ACT/SAT, your summer activities can strengthen your overall application.
Seniors are you interested in attending Germanna Community College this summer or fall? Juniors are you interested in joint enrollment or taking a DE classes? Come to meet with a Germanna representative on Tuesday, March 15th in the Career Center. This session will cover programs offered at Germanna, the application process, and what life is like at Germanna. Come and get your “connections to your future” started. Sign-ups are in the school counseling office.
Gratitude Initiative’s Online College Success Academy for Military Students Students in 8th – 11th grade are eligible to apply for the program if they have a parent who meets one of the following criteria: Active duty member of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, Veteran honorably discharged from active duty on or after 9/11/200, Reserve or National Guard member who was activated for active duty service since 9/11/2001 and was deployed to a combat zone, A combat wounded or disabled veteran with a service connected injury that occurred on or after 9/11/2001, A service member killed on active duty. Students and families can learn more and apply online here. The number of students enrolled each year is limited based on available funding and the number of qualified applicants.
Welcome back.!!! It is a new year and a fresh start! As your career coach, I am getting ready with college visits, industry visits, and information packages about up coming events. Stop by to talk about your plan.
Germanna Community College is offering Engineering Courses this Summer that could be just right for you!
The classes below are ideal entry level classes for students coming out of high school (or even for rising seniors) who are interested in engineering. There is still time to take your placement tests and enroll, but don’t delay! Contact Kimberly at 540 834 1961 or email email@example.com.
EGR 110: Engineering Graphics has no pre-requisites. The instructor we have this summer is very experienced and very good. He will be gone for two weeks near the end of the term, at which point the class will temporarily go online. We can make the lab and computers available during that time for students who prefer to work on campus.
EGR 120: Introduction to Engineering has a math pre-requisite that many high school students may have met. They’ll need to take our placement test, and demonstrate that they are ready for MTH 173, which means they have completed pre-calculus with trigonometry. That class will be face-to-face all summer, and also has a very good instructor.
COREQUISITE: MTH 164 or PREREQUISITE: Completed MTH 115 or MTH 166
Both classes are required for the Germanna Community College Associate in Science in Engineering, and also transfer to universities. They would make a good jump-start on an engineering degree whether here or elsewhere.