College Bound 2018

EducationQuest Foundation The term “college” covers many types of educational opportunities after high school — anything from a four-year university to a community college to a small trade school. As you explore your skills and interests, you can determine the type of college that will best fit your needs. What kinds of colleges are out there? Four-year public and private universities and colleges offer bachelor’s degrees, and advanced degrees such as master’s and doc- torates. Two-year community colleges offer associ- ate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Private career schools typically specialize in fields or trades such as technology, business, or cosmetology. Why is college important? Here’s what a degree will get you: ■ Job opportunities. By the year 2020, 71 percent of jobs in Nebraska will require educa- tion beyond high school? If you have a degree, you’ll have a better selection of jobs and a good chance of finding a career you’ll enjoy. ■ Important skills. In addition to career-re- lated skills, you’ll learn important communi- cation and social skills. ■ Bigger bucks. With a bachelor’s degree, you’ll earn nearly $25,000 more per year than a high school grad. What is college? Education Quest Foundation Getting involved in extracur- ricular activities during high school can lead to scholarship opportunities, ideas for college majors and future careers, and admission into the college of your choice. Activities can include volun- teer and paid work, community service, clubs, sports, music, and church involvement. Choose activities where you can use your strengths or develop new skills. Find an activity you can stick with, and take an active role to develop leadership skills. Col- leges — and scholarship donors — will notice your commitment and contribution to your school or community. Here’s how to get started: ■ Ask your classmates what activities they enjoy. ■ Talk to your school counsel- or about school-based activities. ■ Contact local service organi- zations such as the United Way. ■ Visit your city’s website for a list of volunteer activities. Keep a written record of all of your activities by using the Activities Resume at Education- This tool will help you build a resume for college, scholarship, and job applica- tions. To search for Nebraska-based scholarships, see Scholar- shipQuest at EducationQuest. org. Getting involved can help pave the way to college Kearrney Hub file HIGH SCHOOL involvement in extarcurricular activities will help jumpstart your college experience. Whether that is volunteer work, community service or sports, your commitment to after-school activities matter when colleges look at your resume. EducationQuest Foundation Be prepared to make adjustments during your freshman year of college, especially the first semester. Here are challenges you may face. New experiences, new friends. It may be difficult to stay close to your high school friends because they no longer share your experiences. You also may become homesick. To gain a sense of belonging, attend freshmen orientation activities, get involved on campus, and find a part-time job. Stay busy and meet new people. Less structure. You’ll go to bed later and get up later. You’re in class for a total of three to four hours each day staggered throughout the day. You’ll think you have plenty of time to study and will have an urge to procrastinate. Instead, use the time between classes to review notes and study. Lots of reading. Talk to any current college student and they’ll tell you the reading is “huge!” To avoid becoming overwhelmed, set small goals (10 pages at a time) and it will be easier. Weight gain. Oh…you’ll complain about the dorm food. Everyone does. But it’s pretty good and there’s lots of it. Many students gain about 10 pounds by Thanksgiving. That’s why it’s important to use the fitness center and avoid late- night snacks. Getting your grades. “Wow, what hap- pened?” Many freshmen ask that question when they get their first set of grades. Your professor will give you a syllabus at the beginning of the class. It’s up to you to follow it. You typically won’t get reminders about due dates for reading assignments or term papers. What to expect your first year of college Keep up with your grades. Professors typically will not send reminders about upcoming reading assignments or term papers. Kearney Hub file YOUR FRESHMAN year of college may be a challenge for you, especially in the beginning. However, adjusting can be easier if you get involved, use the fitness center and plan ahead for upcoming assignments. IF YOU HAVE a degree, you’ll have a better chance of finding a career you’ll enjoy. Metro Creative Connections