On Friday, I discussed the topic of life after high school and gave you some tips. To summarize what I said before, I encouraged you to figure out…

On Friday, I discussed the topic of life after high school and gave you some tips. To summarize what I said before, I encouraged you to figure out your future profession by looking at your own interest and to try to see if it could possibly lead to a career. After you’ve done that you have to figure out what to study in college in order to achieve your goal, and then research the best college for you and your area of study.   There are a number of resources available for you to research colleges, such as school counselors, talking to people with that profession, or looking at the top ranked colleges for your area of study because there are a number of magazines that publish issues exclusively about college rankings. When you have an idea of your top picks for college (I recommend having at least 5) you then have to do things to make yourself stand out. To do this I strongly urge you to get yourself involved with programs that will give you some idea/experience for your future profession (for example if you want to be a doctor volunteer at a hospital), and because of the early demand of preparing for your future many agencies and business offer internships to high school students. All it takes to be noticed by colleges is to have many volunteer hours, participate in school/after-school activities, and to be involved with any possible programs that would give you an advantage over the other people gunning for the same spot. Colleges love nothing more than an impressive resume that shows how amazing you are, and remember that chances are you will have to get letters of recommendation so make sure you stay in contact with people you’ve worked with because they come in handy. In addition, teachers are great sources for letters of recommendation, but for those you have to participate in class and make the teacher notice you for a stellar recommendation.   I’m in the middle of this process so most of these tips come from my own experiences, but I would love to hear any feedback on this topic.   – Ruben