2019 October College Planning Checklist for Wisconsin Students
Milwaukee College Prep Advisors Provide Valuable College Planning Information for the Month of October
The Milwaukee college prep advisors at Integrated College Planning want to make your transition from high school to college as easy and stress-free as possible. We’ve developed a monthly college planning guide of the most important things you can do to prepare for college. Below is a detailed guide of what you should do to prepare in the month of October.
- Check your deadlines: Last month we suggested you create a comprehensive calendar with important deadlines. If you haven’t done this, now is the time. If you have, check your calendar and make sure you aren’t missing any major deadlines.
- Apply for Wisconsin financial aid: Don’t forget to add deadlines for important scholarships and Wisconsin grant applications. Take advantage of our free Wisconsin college financial aid consultation services to ensure you’re on the right track.
- Follow up on applications: Look into applications you have already submitted and keep track of their progress. Some scholarships and Wisconsin college grants require you to take action after you submit your application, so make sure you follow up!
- Continue working on college essays: If you haven’t started, get brainstorming. Your essays can take some time to edit and revise, so it’s best to begin as early as possible.
- Financial Planning Workshops: If you haven’t already, register for and attend a free financial aid workshop and college planning info nights. Arm yourself with as much information as you can to get the most out of your financial aid.
- Go to college fairs: If you’re still undecided about which schools to apply to, college fairs are a great way to learn about what a variety of schools have to offer. You can also meet staff from your prospective schools and make valuable contacts.
- Visit Top Choice Schools: If your prospective schools have a visit day for potential students, be sure to register and attend.
- Talk scholarships and financial aid: Whether you’re attending a planned event to a personal visit, make an appointment to speak to someone in the financial aid department. Discuss the scholarships and financial aid offered by the school and ask for any special forms you’ll need to fill out.
- Learn how to learn: Developing learning skills while you’re still in high school is extremely helpful when you begin college. As a high school senior you have the fundamental learning skills, but slight adjustments to your routine makes a huge impact in your transition to college.
- Sit at the front of the classroom: Sitting closer to the front allows you to maintain focus throughout class. You’re also likely to take more detailed notes, listen better and thoroughly understand the material. Sitting at the front also shows the instructor you care about the material and about succeeding in his/her class.
- Join in discussions: Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions of your instructor or peers. Discussing topics more in-depth ensures a fuller understanding of the material, helping you perform better on tests and papers. Ask questions early to prevent getting lost, losing focus and falling behind on progressing course material.
- Keep up with homework: Homework helps solidify what you learned in class through repetitive practice. Homework also provides groundwork for upcoming course work. Keeping up with coursework through strict self-management and organization is critical to succeeding in college.
- Take good notes: Note taking is an absolute priority in college! Detailed notes help you recall classroom lectures and make studying much easier. Begin this crucial habit in high school and you won’t be so blindsided when you enter your first year in college.
- Sharpen your writing skills: Work with teachers or tutors to perfect your writing skills. Learning to write at a higher level and self- edit with a more critical eye will help you get better grades in college.
- Be clear on your goals and priorities: Although you don’t have to know you major or intended focus right now, it is extremely helpful to know what inspires you, motivates you and captures your interest. Having a better understanding of your personal and professional interests saves you time on taking courses which do not align with your final destination. When you understand what your passions are and align your goals accordingly, you will spend far less money on college. Aligning your interests and goals, also means you’ll graduate college faster, getting you out into the real world to make money and be a productive member of society. Below are some suggestions on how to discover your passions:
- Try new things: Find your passion by trying things you’ve never considered before. Explore your options and discover new interests. Cooking classes, dance classes, art classes, and book clubs are a great way to develop new skills.
- Extracurricular activities and electives: Join programs and enroll in electives which align with your goals and passions. Try debate club, join the school play, write for the school paper or organize a school event.
- Find a mentor or shadow a professional: If you have a specific career in mind, arrange a shadowing opportunity to observe a professional within your intended field. Depending on your interests possible opportunities include shadowing physical therapists, restaurant owners, teachers, accountants, or another appropriate profession.
Wisconsin College Consultants Offer Free Financial Aid Advice
Our Wisconsin college prep consultants offer a variety of services to help you through the process of college planning. Our monthly Wisconsin college planning guide is a valuable resource for accurate, detailed college prep information. We also offer free Wisconsin college financial aid workshops to provide you with need-to-know information and to help ease the burden of high tuition costs. Feel free to contact our financial aid experts with any questions, or see if your questions are answered in our financial aid FAQ.
Go back to the September college planning checklist.
View the November college planning checklist.