Preparing for College

Is college on your radar? That's a good thing- it's never too early to start preparing for your future! With summer just a few short weeks away, here are some suggestions of things to do to continue to prepare for life after high school.

Ways you can prepare for college starting TODAY:

  • Read, read again, and then read some more. 
  • Take a rigorous curriculum. What exactly is a rigorous curriculum? Simply put, a rigorous curriculum is a challenging set of courses aimed to prepare you for academics after high school. Instead of taking "Easy Math 101" at your high school, take something challenging like Calculus or Trigonometry. Think 3 years of science is enough to get you in to college? Maybe, but why not take 4 years of science to make yourself even more prepared and marketable when the time comes to apply to college.
  • Get involved in clubs, sports, activities, your community and volunteer organizations.
  • Grab mom and dad for the day and ask them to take you on a mini college campus visit. It's a good way to see what is out there and what you can look forward to.
  • Sophomores- start preparing for the ACT. Though we recommend you take it as a Junior, there are lots of study tools available online to help you prepare. Be sure to take the PLAN test if your school offers it.
  • Focus on good study habits. Turn off the TV, put away the cell phone, and set aside a designated time and quiet space to study.
  • Keep a log of teachers, coaches and adults who can "vouch" for you when it comes time to request letters of recommendation or job references.
  • Learn the college prep requirements. For a university, that means 4 credits of English, 3 credits of math, 3 credits of science, 3 credits of social studies. Some colleges also require foreign language credits.
  • Understand that college (and education in general) are an investment in your future. The few years it may take to complete a college degree are worth it when it comes to job satisfaction, salary, and employment opportunities.
  • Believe that you can be and are college bound!

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Wisconsin Career Pathways

Have 10 minutes to spare? Check out Wisconsin Career Pathways!


According to the Career Pathways website, career pathways provide a framework for seamless education. They are the core of workforce and economic development in our state. There are 16 pathways, modeled after the career cluster model. Learn the pathways because they:

  • Promote the connection between education and workforce/economic development
  • Provide a seamless transition from high school to college
  • Focus on high skill, high demand, and high wage careers
  • Increase emphasis on attainment of a technical skill proficiency, degree/credential

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Look forward to learning more about the pathways with your ETS Advisor!