Stay on Track
Checklist for this Week, June 4, 2012
For freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
Strong work habits begin with volunteer service or summer job responsibilities. Remember these basic rules:
- Be punctual.
- Dress neatly and appropriately.
- Place your name tag and any other job-related materials in a location where you can easily find them before leaving the house.
- Keep a list of skills that you learned or were required for your job.
- When you receive your first paycheck, be sure to verify that all information on the check is correct.
- Record the name, title, phone number, and address of your employer or volunteer supervisor. You'll need it later for job and school references.
For more advice on finding a job, visit the "Get Hired" section (www.aie.org/finding-a-career/job-hunting/get-hired.cfm) of AIE.
For seniors and parents
Choosing the right college can be an overwhelming process because there are so many options available. Before making your college decision, consider the following:
- What courses and degree programs are offered?
- What are the admission requirements and can you meet them?
- How much does it cost to attend the college and can you afford it?
- Where is the school located?
- How big is the college or university?
- What is the social life like on campus?
Review the tips listed below regarding visits to college campuses:
- Before the visit:
- Call the college's admissions office and verify the times of campus tours and information sessions.
- Schedule an appointment with an admissions representative.
- Set up a time for an interview.
- Schedule an appointment with other campus personnel (coaches, faculty, financial aid officers, etc.).
- If classes are in session, arrange to attend a class.
- Arrange to eat in the dining hall.
- Prepare to take a copy of your transcript and resume. While not required, these documents may prove helpful in conversations.
- During the visit:
- Take a campus tour.
- Ask questions.
- If there are summer classes in session, attend a class.
- Visit key student areas.
- Meet with an academic advisor or faculty member.
- Stop by the financial aid office and pick up information about the college's financial aid process.
- Visit a residence hall room if your tour did not include a stop already.
- After the visit:
- Record the name, title, phone number, and email address of campus staff or personnel with whom you talked.
- Write down your impressions about the aspects of the college that you liked.
- If a staff member was particularly helpful during your visit, send a note of thanks to that person.