Last Updated: August 26, 2015
by Jessica Zdunek
Junior year is a huge year for college prep – but you knew that already, right? Just in case your parents, teachers, and counselor forgot to mention it, we’re here to remind you. Here’s why it’s so important to do well this year.
It’s the Final Year Admissions Counselors See
Those high school transcripts you send off to your dream schools next year won’t have your senior grades or achievements on them – they stop at junior year. This is your last chance to make a good first impression on the person who decides your fate, so make it count.
You Can Finally Benefit From AP Classes
Most high schools only open Advanced Placement classes to juniors and seniors. So what’s the point in taking a harder class than your friends are taking? First of all, it looks better on your transcripts and helps impress those admissions counselors. But it also helps you save big bucks down the line – instead of paying several thousand dollars for a college class in a few years, you’ll pay a small fee to take the AP test at the end of this year. That means tons of savings, less student loan debt, and one fewer college class to worry about once you step on campus – it’s a win-win-win.
You Have Access to More Scholarships
Hopefully you’ve been applying for scholarships since freshman year. But since not all scholarships are open to underclassmen, you may have been missing out on free college money. Now that you’re a junior, there are dozens of extra scholarships you’re eligible for. Check out your profile to see which ones you’re a match for and start those applications ASAP.
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Original Post Date: August 26th, 2015