Stay on Track

Checklist for this Week, June 24, 2013

For freshmen and sophomores

  • Keep an accurate log of all of your volunteer hours. You may have a hard time recalling the details of your freshman summer for a resume.
  • Make a list of the specific skills that you have used and learned, such as organizational skills, computer skills, and many others.
  • If your volunteer time has given you a special memory or experience, you may want to document it. Include factual details as well as your emotional recollections and interpretations of the experience.

For juniors

  • Consider possible majors or areas of study that interest you. For example, if business is a possible major, be sure that all schools on the list offer that major.
  • Discuss with your parents the cost of college. Investigate the tuition price of possible colleges of interest. Be sure that they fit your family's budget.
  • Determine if you want to attend a large college or a smaller one.

For seniors

  • Prepare your resume. Visit AIE to see a sample resumes (
  • A resume provides a quick, easy, and efficient way of capturing a "snapshot" of you during your high school years. Highlight your strengths and demonstrate what you have been doing for four years. Colleges and scholarship programs want to see what you have done.
  • A resume, once completed, will save you hours of collecting and recreating the same information over and over.
  • A resume looks professional and enhances your college and scholarship applications.
  • Resumes can be given to teachers to assist them in writing your letters of recommendation.

For parents

  • Offer money saving tips and advice on saving for college.
  • Offer to proofread your child's resume once it is completed.
  • Consider taking a family vacation that will enhance their learning.
  • If you have a junior or senior, check college timelines and requirements for applying, early admission, and financial aid.
  • Explore career possibilities with your high school student.