Stay on Track

Checklist for this Week, May 28, 2013

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 ( 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.