The array of questions for high school students considering college are overwhelming without some guidance to get through it.  For instance:

  • Two year associates degree or a full bachelors?
    Most prestigious university possible or more economical Community College?
  • Distance Learning or Four Years in a Dorm?
  • Liberal Arts or Career Focused?
  • Near to home or strike out on your own?
  • State school or load up on debt?
  • Go now or work for a few years?
  • Go with your friends or start anew?

So many good questions. And while Todays-Learners cannot substitute for  good discussions with your counselors, family, and friends, we do have some insights into how technology is changing learning, how technology is shaping the world that you are preparing for, and which schools are on the cutting edge….

One of the first questions to think about is how to have lots of opportunity to pick the school of your choice. For this, you’ll want to be one hot candidate for colleges, this can lead to all sorts of scholarship opportunities.  So make an effort to get a high GPA, take meaningful courses, have an intense high school academic experience including some AP courses (be sure to get good scores on the AP Exams), an interesting and authentic pattern of extra curricular activities, perhaps some sports, and of course good test scores on that high stakes tests.

For the best test prep, TodaysLearners recommends MyPrepWorks.com which provides SAT online test prep and, test prep for the ACT.

Many homeschoolers are discussing their plans post high school on LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com. Other very active forums for homeschool parents:

homeschool parents forum and the Non Religious Homeschool Directory.

Some thoughts on careers….

There are career areas that are growing and in high demand today.  Computer programming is one that has been consistently hot for the last decade. But be aware that computer programming also has hot areas and gluts. For instance, there is a whole generation of business programmers who learned languages  such as Cobalt in the 70s and 80s which became archaic, they are having trouble finding work.

The important thing in college is to find areas of interest and strength for yourself and to expand your horizons. You should pick up fundamental skills about thinking, reading, writing, reasoning, and researching.  The fact is that I have spent most of my career in industries that did not exist when I was in college so don’t worry too much about the first job and the next steps, think long term.  BTW, my career is in educational software, video games, and 3D graphics. None of that existed when I was in college.

My Dad had a career in communication satellites which also did not exist when he was in college or even in his 20s.  So plan ahead with college.

I just me with a travel blogger, she runs a luxury travel blog, an industry that of course did not exist when she was going through school.  It’s an interesting example since part of what she relies on is her ability to tell interesting travel stories, to take appealing pictures, and to think through a business. These are the fundamental skills that one carries out of college or has to learn later.

 

 

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