4 Schooling Options That Ready Students for College and Beyond

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As you get ready for college and beyond, you might be looking around wondering if there’s a better way to prepare you for what’s ahead than just high school classes. High school prepares students for part of their college career, but it can’t produce well-rounded, confident students. If you can participate in some other forms of schooling, you’ll be better prepared to deal with the rigor of college life. Let’s take a look at four different ways you can educate yourself besides what’s offered in high school.

Dual Enrollment

Many high schools located near colleges or technical schools will allow students to take classes at college while they are still in high school. Taking a college class gives students a chance to try out what’s required in a college class without jumping right into a full load. Students can earn college credit and get their feet wet doing the work.

Online Enrollment

If there’s no college nearby, students can also take online classes at online schools or other types of schools. Online classes teach skills in self-discipline and time organization, as students will be responsible for work done on their own time. Students can practice organizing their week around online schedules without the benefit of someone hanging over their shoulder telling them what to do. It’s a good way to practice 21st-century skills in the digital age.

The advantage of online classes is that there’s so much out there, and the world is available to students regardless of where they live. Online classes are done on the student’s own time and won’t interfere with the student’s day to day classes.

Internships

Students can also get real-world experience by taking an internship. Internships look good on college applications because they show that a student has taken the initiative to apply skills that they know and actively learn something new. It’s also a connection to a growing network of colleagues for future job prospects. Internship advisors can offer references and can clue students into opportunities at college and beyond. Students can also learn real-world skills and apply them directly to situations in life.

Internships prepare students for life beyond college as well. Internships provide a long-term investment for a student’s future. Even if they aren’t paid, the student is working and gaining experience. Employers can see how a student will respond to situations in real work life, instead of just guessing based on high school transcripts.

Volunteer Work

Students can show their good will and community vision by volunteering with an organization that aligns with their worldview. Volunteer work shows universities and future employers that a student is committed and will follow through with any promises or plans. Volunteer work also broadens a student’s perspective. The world is a complicated place and volunteering allows a student to see things from another person’s perspective. Often, that person’s life experiences are nothing like the student’s. Experiences like this help with critical thinking and empathy.

We know that high school rank and grades do little to predict how a student will perform in college and beyond. To get a better picture of a student, colleges want to see other types of education and experience that highlight the student’s strengths.

Choosing one or a combination of these four options makes applying to college easier, and gives the student a better perspective of the world and himself or herself. Colleges want to see initiative and thought about the future. Take control of education outside the high school box.

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