Preparing for College – From Trinity’s College and Career Counselors

In the spring semester, Trinity’s college and career counselors shift their focus to underclassmen. Any freshman, sophomore, or junior who would like to begin their college search process may request a meeting with their college counselor.

Mr. Matt Manning – manning@trinityrocks.com or (502) 736-2167

Mrs. Allie Kerns – kerns@trinityrocks.com or (502) 736-8262

Below is a brief list of what all students can do now to prepare for college.

Freshmen:

  • Keep grades up; make sure you know which high school courses are required by colleges, and that you’re taking the right classes as early as the ninth grade.

  • Start thinking about your life after school, including the types of jobs that might interest you. Of course, these will change, but it’s good to start thinking about possibilities.

  • Work on time management skills

  • Get involved! Academics aren’t everything. Explore your interest in a sport, school club, music or drama group or community volunteer activity. Keep track of each of these in Scoir. Remember that colleges would rather see real involvement in one activity than a loose connection to several.

  • Save for college. It’s not too early to put money aside for college.

  • Explore summer opportunities. Look for a job, internship, volunteer position or summer program hosted by a college that will help you learn about a filed of interest. These opportunities enhance a college application.

  • Create Scoir account

  • Keep track of all involvement in Scoir

  • Consider applying for Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

Sophomores:

  • Keep grades up; make sure you know which high school courses are required by colleges, and that you’re taking the right classes.

  • Continue involvement; Besides enhancing your college application, extracurricular activities can help you develop time-management skills and enrich your high school experience.

  • Keep track of all involvement in Scoir

  • Consider applying for Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs or the Governor’s School for the Arts

  • Register for the College Prep Class that Trinity will offer in Spring 2023

Juniors:

  • Keep grades up; make sure you know which high school courses are required by colleges, and that you’re taking the right classes.

  • Seek leadership roles either in school or outside school

  • Keep track of all involvement in Scoir

  • Begin attending at-school high school visits

  • Begin researching colleges; look at college’s websites and find colleges in Scoir. Talk to friends, family members, teachers and recent grads of your school now in college. List college features that interest you.

  • Begin going on college visits; if possible, take advantage of vacation or other family travel time to visit colleges and see what they’re like. Even if you have no interest in attending the college you are visiting, it will help you learn what to look for in a college.

  • If you’re planning to participate in sports, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.  

  • Consider applying for Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, the Governor’s School for the Arts, or the Governor’s Scholars Program

  • Attend the Summer 2022 College Application Camp in late July / early August

Seniors:

  • Have your top 3-5 institutions narrowed down by your senior year

  • Begin working with your college counselor on applications and essays

  • Apply for institutions by their early action deadline

  • Be patient in response times

  • Gather documents for financial aid

  • Get your FSA ID

  • Complete the FAFSA (as soon as possible after Oct. 1)

  • Enjoy senior year

For parents of freshmen and sophomores, the college and career counselors will host a Zoom question and answer session later this spring. Be on the lookout for more information.


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