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JUNIOR: Checklist

Each year carries its own important milestones and deadlines. It is important that students enter each grade prepared to meet their goals in order to better prepare themselves for post-secondary enrollment. Below is a list of some vital milestones that students should strive to reach. The Access Center is able to provide assistance with any questions you might have regarding the topics below:

  • Challenge Yourself: Continue or start to take more difficult and challenging classes in core academic subjects. Look for dual enrollment and AP classes to earn college credits while completing high school requirements.
  • Plan Ahead: Review college requirements to appropriately build your class schedule. Understand what is required to graduate high school as well as meet the college entry requirements.
  • Research: Research college or other post-secondary programs that pique your interest. Narrow your college search. Use the My College List to pick the schools you want to apply to. Schedule college visits to get a detailed look at the campus. Use an ACT Profile to see which majors might work for you.
  • Get Involved: Volunteer with various in-school and community based organizations. Volunteer experience will help you to explore different career sectors as well as provide you with valuable learning experiences. Remember, more does not necessarily mean better; colleges like to see you find your passion and pursue it.
  • Communicate: Talk with your counselor and your Mesa Counts on College Access Center college advisor about your high school courses as well as your post-secondary plans. Ensure that your counselor is guiding you to meet the post-secondary entrance requirements.
  • Stay Organized: Update your binder of all your awards/accomplishments, volunteer work, internship experience, and certificates. Document the milestones needed to be reached to get where you plan on going. Use this information to plan for college application essays. Start thinking about your desired major.
  • Entrance Exams: It is also important for you to research which entrance exams are required for your desired post-secondary destination.
    • PSAT: Juniors should take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall, which will give them the opportunity to qualify for many scholarships. It will also give them early preparation for the SAT which is generally taken in the spring.
    • SAT: Schedule and register for the test. Dates and locations are available online or ask your Mesa Counts on College Access Center advisor.
    • ACT: Schedule and register for the test. Dates and locations are available online or ask your Mesa Counts on College Access Center advisor.