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7. College Planning and Website Links


College Corner - For Middle School Students

Let's Go To College!

Dear Middle School Students,

It is NEVER too early to prepare for college. In fact, if you start preparing now you will be in much better shape to go to college by the time you are in high school!So what can you do now? Follow our steps to success below and you will be ready for the road to college!

Good Luck,

Cal-SOAP Staff


1. Develop Good Study Habits


You need to be able to read and write well in...

  • High school
  • College
  • Your Job
  • Your Life

Reading does not have to be boring. There are so many different kinds of books on so many different topics. Here are some of our recommendations. Cal-SOAP Middle School Reading List.

3. Explore Careers

Take our career survey! What are your strengths? Career Survey
Use this sheet to find out how your strengths translate into careers. Industry Sector Table

Explore these career websites:

Look for the Careers and Majors page. When you click on the career of your choice, scroll down to the "Make High School Count" heading to read what you can start doing now.

Go to the Reality Check to see how much money you will be spending once you finish college. Find which jobs in your favorite industry will give you enough money to maintain your lifestyle!

Oriented specifically for teens, learn about specific jobs, the steps to take to get the job, and the future outlook for the jobs.

Great resource for exploring different industry sectors! When you get to this site, click on "Industry Sectors," select your sector, and click on "Sector Videos" to hear people talk about their different professions.

Presents detailed information about jobs and explains in depth the nature of the work and necessary training and qualifications.

4. Explore Colleges

Explore Colleges at www.collegeboard.org

Tips to Helps You Research http://www.collegeboard.com/student/csearch/where-to-start/index.html

5. Other Websites

College Planning website with MANY resources:  https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search
Big Future has information for many audiences including MIDDLE SCHOOL students, transfer students, international students, parents, educators, Spanish resources, career exploration and much more.
Also exciting. . . "You Can Go" - Inspiration and Information for any students who think they can't afford to go to college:  http://youcango.collegeboard.org/
"Five Ways Ed Pays" is a National Campaign that takes education data and builds a compelling message to parents and creates a vision for students - particularly first-generation, minority, and low income students that college has the potential to transform their lives:  http://advocacy.collegeboard.org/five-ways-ed-pays/home
Federal Student Aide Link:    FAFSA :  http://federalstudentaid.ed.gov/datacenter
Big Future (Spanish Video for Parents):  https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/for-parents
College Board Website (Spanish Content):  http://www.collegeboard.com/padres/
Spanish Cost of College Calculator:  www.collegeboard.org/univision/costofcollege