Are you about to finish up your junior year of high school? Or, it might be that you are a senior this year. Either way, you are probably having some pretty mixed feelings about your high school years coming to a close in the near future. On one hand, you might be thinking that you can't wait to get out of high school. On the other hand, you might be realizing that you may never see some of your friends again.
Whatever the scenario, have you already established plans for after you graduate? If you have concrete plans made, then you don't need to read another word. On the other hand, you might be undecided about what to do after high school graduation. If that's the case, from talking to college consultants to looking into trade schools, here are some ideas that might help you.
College Admissions Consultants - Your high school counselor will more than likely be able to connect you with a college consultant. Or, your school might have already arranged for various college admissions consultants to visit your school. There might be a general session where a college consultant, or several consultants, address the juniors and seniors at your school. In addition, it could probably be arranged for you to meet for a one-to-one session.
The college consultant will cover things like tuition, scholarships, ACT and SAT scores, grade point averages needed for select colleges and even boarding accommodations. In addition, if you are interested in a particular field, the consultant will help you to find the best college or university for that. For example, maybe you are interested in including ROTC in your college curriculum. The consultant will tell you which colleges offer focuses on the ROTC programs of different armed forces.
Trade School Advisers - Maybe you have no desire at all to go to college after high school graduation. Yet, you're smart enough to know that you need training in a particular field in order to support yourself, and maybe even a family someday. In that case, trade school might be your best option.
For example, if you have always been interested in the world of beauty, perhaps you want to go to beauty school. If you are interested in anything mechanical, say car maintenance or air conditioning maintenance, those skills can be learned at a trade school. A trade school adviser might suggest that you take an aptitude test to see where you would be happiest and most successful.