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Juniors

Junior Year The college search begins.

 

What should you be doing junior year to prepare for after high school / college?!


Get connected with your school counselor! The school counselors are:

- Mrs. Jessica Capps, director, counselor for students with last names A-E.

- Mrs.  Manisha Kanitkar, school counselor for students with last names F-M.

- Mr. Timothy Boyles is the school counselor for students with last names N-Z

- Mrs. Shannon Nzewuihe, career counselor


This is the time to consider your options and decide what you are going to strive toward after high school and what timetable you will follow in order to reach that goal. To help with this ask yourself the following questions.

  1. Am I ready to commit myself to two/four more years of school?
  2. Do I know what I would want to study in college?
  3. In what type of colleges am I interested?
  4. What are the important factors in choosing the right college for me?
  5. Have I talked to my parents honestly/seriously about my plans?
  6. Have I talked to my school counselor about my goals and plans?
  7. Do I have an interest in the armed service?
  8. Is on the job training, or internships required for my career choice?

Make a resume that includes your:

  • Name and contact information - use personal email (not lex2) for applications and testing
  • Profile
  • Education
  • Honors, Awards, & Memberships
  • Work Experience
  • Community & Volunteer Work
  • Special Training & Computer skills 
  • Internships
  • sports, clubs

Bring it to your IGP meeting and we can review it!


Concentrate on your grades! Senior fall, you will send colleges your transcripts, and junior classes and grades will be the culminating thing that colleges will see when they look at it. Take the time to focus on your classes. If you are struggling, get tutoring and contact your counselor and teacher before it’s too late to recover your grades. Your academic record can either help or hurt your chances of gaining admission to your colleges of choice. Take solid elective courses (additonal math, science, world language, social studies, computers, etc). Run for leadership positions in the organizations that you are involved in at school and in the community. Get involved in extracurricular activities.Volunteer in your community.

 

Keep your eyes on the prize. Here are the potential graduation honors and distinctions. Yours will be the first class that is able to attain a South Carolina Seal of Distinction.


Take the SAT or ACT this year. Fill out the form to take it at BCHS and return it to your school counselor. This year, some colleges have opted test optional due to COVID, but that may not be the case next year. Also, some scholarships ask for ACT/SAT information. The LIFE scholarship asks for a 24 or 1100 score. Practice for the ACT and SAT for free online for 5-20 hours. 


PSAT/NMSQT: Based on GPA/Class Rank, you may be chosen to participate in the PSAT National Merit opportunity. Hybrid B and Virtual will take the PSAT on Tuesday, January 26th at 9:00 am. The location is the testing hall located above the main office. 

Please arrive by 8:45 am. Rosters will be located outside of the classroom doors on the testing hall. Please bring a TI-83 or TI-84 calculator with you. If you do not have a calculator, we will provide one for you.


At your IGP meeting, your counselor will tell you if you are on track with your courses, grades, and testing.

  1. You can get college credit for AP classes courses, and they look good on college and scholarship applications.
  2. Request a copy of your unofficial transcript at the end of the year to visit colleges.

Think about your interests. Talk to your family about what they see as areas you’ve shown strength and interest in. What do you like doing? This will help when you are asked to choose a major next year. Your counselor will ask you about it at your IGP meeting. This is because different colleges offer different majors, and this can narrow down what colleges you focus in on. We have an excellent career counselor named Ms. Shannon Nzewuihe who can help you set up job shadowing opportunities and internships. Some college majors/programs require a separate application process  (deadline) in addition to the regular college application. 


Create a list of schools you’re interested in. Use the college comparison chart to compare and contrast the schools and formulate pros and cons for each. Note the cost of attendance, but don’t rule private schools out as they likely also provide more assistance. 


Think of who you would like to ask to write you recommendation letters. Teachers, coaches, pastors, and school counselors are all good choices. Make connections with teachers and counselors. Make yourself known to them so they can write an enthusiastic, illustrative letter of recommendation.


In the spring, start visiting colleges and universities. Some of the tours may be virtual this year.


Research financial aid and scholarships. Put scholarship deadlines into your phone. There are different types: merit, state, grants, work-study, loans. In February/March, attend local college and financial aid workshops. Discuss financial aid with your school counselor at your IGP meeting.


Research methods of applying to college: individual, common, coalition, and common black for example. 


Reach out to college-educated family, friends, and important advisors.

  1. Ask for advice and support through the process.
  2. You may have to tune out a naysayer/negative person. You may even be potentially among the first in your family to apply to college. Do it!
  3. Keep driven friends close (the ones that are going to keep you on track and motivated).

Make folders on your computer with the following files for example:

  • Writing samples - essays resumes biographical narratives
  • References - letters of recommendation, student activity info
  • Academic documents - high school transcript, original test scores (PSAT, SAT, ACT)
  • Scholarship outreach - scholarship forms and tracking notes
  • college visitation - campus visitation forms and tracking notes
  • Financial aid- copy of FAFSA, SAR, supporting documentation
  • College notification - all college acceptance and rejection letters
  • College selection - college selection forms and notes
  • Freshman transition - freshman transition forms and notes
  • Miscellaneous - all other documents
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