It's never too late to begin preparing to go to college. But, the sooner you start, the better off you will be.
Career Inventories & Skill Assessments
Before you can really decide on where you want to go to college, you need to have an idea of what you want to do in the future. Exploring your talents and interests while you are still in high school can help you get an idea of what to study in college. Knowing this will help you pick a college that meets your needs and will help you achieve your goals. Tools such as career inventories and skill assessments can help you figure out what you want to do in the future. There are several web sites that can help you build college and career plans, including:
- Career Zone is the New York State Department of Labor's place to explore careers related to your strengths, skills and talents.
New York State Office of Children and Family Services web site has two directories to assist you:
- New York City Education and Career Planning Resource Directory
- New York State Education and Career Planning Resource Directory
The College Experience: Where can I go for help?
Once you figure out what you might want to do in your future, there are several things you'll want to think about and do when preparing to go to college. These include taking the right classes so you can graduate from high school, choosing the right college for you, attending college fairs, visiting college campuses, taking college entrance exams, etc. Some people who can be of help to you may be:
- Your caseworker
- Caregivers or Foster Parent(s)
- Youth Care Worker
- Educational Specialist at your agency
- Life Skill Coordinator
- Counselor or Clinician
- High School Guidance Counselor
- Tutorial Services
- Older Peers in Care
- Coaches or other supportive adults