Rock Your Future
Ready to Rock?
Back-to-school is a great time to focus on your future, especially your college and career goals. Whether you are in middle school or high school, there is so much you can do to get ahead and be prepared. A great way to focus your efforts is to start with this Top 5 list of the best ways to Rock Your Future.
Top 5 Ways to Rock Your Future
- You can’t get in if you don’t apply. Texas makes it easy. ApplyTexas.org lets you submit one application to all Texas public universities as well as many private and two-year colleges.
- Your scores matter.Study hard, keep your GPA high, and take the PSAT, SAT and/or ACT for college applications and scholarships. Talk to your counselor, and visit the websites: collegeboard.org and act.org for more information.
- Visit college campuses.
A college education opens doors to boundless career opportunities. College isn’t limited to four-year gigs. Your options for college include two-year schools, technical schools, certificate programs, as well as universities. Visit campuses and make the choice that’s right for you.
- Find a mentor.Seek out a knowledgeable adult to guide you through the college application process. An experienced parent, counselor, teacher, or family friend can be a valuable advisor on your journey to college. Talk with someone who works in a career that sparks your curiosity.
- Create a brag sheet.It’s never too early to create a brag sheet that organizes all of your accomplishments, community service, awards, internships, etc. This handy document will help you fill out scholarship applications, college applications, prepare for interviews, etc.
This helpful guide provides a wealth of information for students and parents with the college planning process. From the first steps in making a plan for higher education, to choosing a path that’s right for you and applying, to paying for college, including an in-depth look at the many types of financial aid, this is a great reference you can download and print in English or Spanish as you plan for college.
For Teachers and Community Leaders
Planning Rock Your Future events and promotions? There is an entire Rock Your Future promotion program kit for you in the GenTX download center.