Are You Ready for College?

- Adrienne Grayson, Marvin Maldonado, and Julie Mendez
Volume 2 | Issue 1 | Fall 2010

Decisions, decisions, decisions! And no, we’re not talking about whom you’ll be taking to prom or what you’ll wear. We’re talking COLLEGE! After all, that’s where you will be spending the next four-to-five years of your life. It’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Are you ready for it? Click here to download a short quiz to find out. When you are done taking the quiz, score yourself, and then come back here to find out the result. You might surprise yourself.


If you scored 10-16

Easy Does It, or Does It?

You’ve definitely thought about college. What high school senior hasn’t? However, it’s not high on your priority list, and you haven’t considered all of the factors that make a college student successful. You prefer to take it easy and not worry about it. You may be thinking that if you go to college, fine; but if you don’t, it’s no big deal. However, college is about more than just sitting in class. Most of the class work is actually done on your own and may include lots of reading, with few assignments to turn in. But it’s not just all work and no fun; there will be plenty of social activities that you’ll want to attend. College only comes around once, so you’ll definitely want to make the most of it. Consider talking to a current college student and your high school counselor to implement strategies that will help you prepare for college while in high school.

If you scored 17-23

Go With The Flow

Most high school seniors actually fall into this category. You’ve decided that college is definitely something you want to do. Plus, during your high school career, you’ve developed several skills that will help you in college. However, you still have questions about everything you should be doing to prepare yourself. That’s natural. Don’t stress out, but don’t get lazy either. You’re moving in the right direction, you just have to keep it up. As long as you keep your end of the bargain, all the college pieces will fall into place. Be sure to attend all of your school’s college presentations and financial aid nights. Talk to your counselors and college outreach representatives. They’re here to help you.

If you scored 24-30

2 Fast, 2 Curious

You’re in super-charged college preparation mode. You were born for this, so watch out college, here you come! WAIT...Rrrrrr! Pump those breaks a bit – slow down and pace yourself. Admittedly, you might know a lot about the college preparation process, however, there is always more to learn. Be sure to keep an open mind when you talk to college reps and other adults. They’ve already been there, done that, so their advice could be helpful. Also, remember to take time out to smell the roses. Enjoy yourself and don’t worry. Just as you can only do college once, you only get one high school senior year – don’t miss out on it by stressing too much about the future.

Moral of the Quiz...

No matter what category you fall into, remember that you’re not alone in this process. Use this exercise to gauge your college readiness, and don’t beat yourself up over the results. They are meant to help guide you through the journey, and to bring you some laughs along the way. What you’ve done up to now and what you can still do, will all pay off in a year or so, when you set foot on your new college home. Good luck!

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