Keep Your Options Open MORE EDUCATION Can Equal MORE INCOME

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<ul><li>Slide 1</li></ul> <p> Slide 2 Keep Your Options Open Slide 3 MORE EDUCATION Can Equal MORE INCOME Slide 4 Its natural at this age to change your mind often! Slide 5 WHATEVER Here are some general ways you can prepare for WHATEVER the future holds... Slide 6 Take the right courses. Take controllearn to be a good student. Use time outside of school wisely. Start thinking about the future. If college is a goal, learn about financial assistance programs. Get help when you need it. Slide 7 RIGHT COURSES Take the RIGHT COURSES! n 2/3 of 8th graders plan to finish college. n But only 1/3 plan to take college prep courses in high school. n Without college prep courses, YOU CANNOT ENTER COLLEGE. Slide 8 ACT Recommends High School Courses ACT Recommends n English4 years n Mathematics 3 years (algebra and above) n Natural Science3 years (with lab experience) n Social Science3 years n Foreign Language2 years (of the same language) n Othervisual arts, music, theatre, drama, computer science, etc. Slide 9 Good Student Take control Learn to be a Good Student Slide 10 n Sit close to the front of the classroom. n Join in class discussions. n Ask questions. n Keep up with class assignments. n Ask for help when necessary. Slide 11 n Look for ways to sharpen basic skills. n Learn keyboarding. n Learn to take good notes. n Learn to correct/revise written work. n Develop test-taking skills. And... Slide 12 Wisely Use Time Outside of School Wisely! Slide 13 n Develop habits that will lead to success. n Find a quiet place to study. n Plan a daily homework schedule. n Ask family or friends to read your written work. Slide 14 Also... n Use the local library. n Read newspapers and magazines. n Look up unfamiliar words in a dictionary. n Talk with family and friends about career plans. Slide 15 FUTURE Start thinking about the FUTURE Slide 16 When thinking about college... n Make a list of interesting schools and gather information about them. n Register to take the ACT before December of your senior year. n Visit campuses, apply for admission and financial assistance. n Make a college decision. Slide 17 When considering serving in the Armed Forces... n Visit with friends, neighbors, and relatives who have served. n Study military literature and compare training opportunities. n Arrange visits with recruiters. n Compare benefits, tour of duty, training, etc. Slide 18 When considering employment right after high school... n Explore any special abilities and interests. n Study materials about resume writing. n Visit with people working in interesting occupations. n Become familiar with employers in the area. n Learn about vocational/technical programs available in high school. Slide 19 If college is an option Financial help will be available Slide 20 n Try to save even a small amount each month. n Work hard for good grades/test scores for scholarship consideration. n Learn about the types and sources of financial assistance available. n Attend financial aid programs when offered. n Apply for financial assistance during the junior and senior years. Slide 21 GET HELP GET HELP (and your questions answered) When You Need It Slide 22 There are many agencies, organizations, and individuals who care whether you are successful in school and in life. Use them! Slide 23 Always start with your SCHOOL COUNSELOR ! Slide 24 Call This Toll Free Number: n 1-800-USA-LEARN n 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) U.S. Department of Education Information Services Slide 25 Use the Internet n www.actstudent.org n www.finaid.org n www.ed.gov/thinkcollege/early n www.collegeispossible.org n www.cityyear.org Slide 26 Remember! The choices you make now will affect the choices you will have for the rest of your life. Make High School COUNT! </p>

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