Classes: A Path to College

By Coach Trish   College. It is the one thing you are certain of, but where to go and what to study are their own mysteries. These uncertainties can complicate the simplest of tasks, like setting your high school schedule for example. But if you don’t have a plan, you waste valuable time and compromise your future. That’s where College Admissions Assistance steps in. This blog will focus on setting your high school schedule, even when you are unsure about your college destination.   The Basics – Core Curriculum   In order to graduate on time, high school students have to follow the approved curriculum. When you meet with your counselor each year, you should check your progress to ensure you are on track to graduate with your class. The safest thing to do is to take 4 years of each core subject – math, English, science, and social science. Don’t forget about your foreign language credit. To be on the safe side, take at least 2 years of the same language. In addition to those, be sure to get a fine arts credit, take speech, health, and a computer-related course.   The Fluff – Electives   Electives are where you get to personalize your academic experience and tailor your education to reflect your interests. Contrary to popular belief, high school is the first place to pursue different academic interests (and cheapest – FREE), not college. With each passing year, high schools are trying to add more engaging, forward-thinking, hands-on curriculum for restless students. There are high schools that offer interior design, fashion design/merchandising, forensic science, game art & design, screenwriting, and many more. Check with your high school counselor to see what is being offered at your high school.   Advanced Classes – Stretch Yourself   If you are excelling in your classes, your teachers may recommend you be placed in advanced classes like AP, IB, or honors. Do not shy away from these opportunities. They show colleges you can handle college-level curriculum. They also pose a chance for you to gain college credit while in high school, thus shortening your time in college and thereby decreasing your college expenses.   Outside of the Classroom – Gaining Experience   What you learn outside the classroom will oftentimes be more valuable than what happens inside the classroom. You will also have to account for your free time on college applications. Colleges want to see that you are actively involved and engaged in the community around you. To ensure you have something worthwhile to include on your application for admission, look for meaningful activities that showcase your passion, preferably in an area related to your intended career. If the activity/organization doesn’t exist, do not be afraid to create it. All you need is the support of a faculty member, who can help you get the ball rolling.   Even if you don’t have a specific college destination or multimillion dollar career that you are in love with, you can still make sizable progress towards a promising future. Just keep putting one foot in front the other. In the meantime, contact your CAA coaches for help. You are not on this journey alone.