Stay on Track

Checklist for this Week, June 16, 2014

For freshmen and sophomores

  • Keep an accurate record of all the hours you spend volunteering in your community.
  • Consider starting a journal of your summer experiences.
  • If you have a summer job, be sure to save a portion of your earnings.
  • Read regularly and maintain your list of unfamiliar words.
  • If your reading program is part of a requirement for school, don't wait until the last minute to read your selections.
  • Surf the Web for information regarding colleges and careers. Start your search by visiting AIE's Finding a Career page.

For juniors

  • Make a list of colleges that you have an interest in attending. Visit the websites of the colleges that you listed.
  • Pick up a college reference book at your area library or bookstore and begin reading about the college admissions process.
  • Read about college entrance exams and visit the College Board ( website to learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT that you will take in October.
  • If you have required reading for school, don't wait until the last minute.
  • Record your summer earnings to date, and save a portion of the amount.
  • Keep an accurate list of your community service hours.
  • Make college campus visits and record your observations about each school.

For seniors

  • Check the AP policies of your prospective colleges to determine college course credits for which you may be eligible.
  • If you have not already done so, request that your AP scores be sent to the colleges of your choice.
  • File your AP score report in a secure place.
  • Find any ACT or SAT score reports that you have received in the last month.
  • Record your summer earnings to date, and save a portion of the amount.
  • Spend time preparing for fall college admissions tests.
  • Prepare your resume. Visit AIE to see sample resumes.
  • Complete rough drafts of your college application essays.

For parents

  • Encourage your teen to have a regular reading program.
  • Have your child maintain a list of books read.
  • If they had a reading assignment for school, make sure they are doing it.
  • Review ACT, SAT, and AP test score results with your child, and assist in the filing of these documents in a secure place.
  • Check with your teen to be sure they have saved a portion of their summer earnings.
  • Encourage your teen to keep a journal.
  • Make college campus visits with your junior or senior.