College/Career Discovery Research Project

The 2nd Quarter project for Freshman AVID this year will challenge you to explore the college process from application to acceptance and from admission to college life. You will be asked to explore three areas including your own interests, college terminology, and the application process itself. Each of these is detailed further below. In the end, you will work together with a partner to explore the college process and come to a better understanding of what it entails, and what steps you need to begin taking now to prepare for college success.

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Step 1: Interest Inventory:

Instructions: Fill out a survey to help you determine what career interests you may have. It’s never too early to start thinking about what kinds of jobs may interest you someday. You aren’t committing to anything yet and interests certainly change. With that said, informing yourself about your own interests is a great place to start. Using the following link, fill out an interest survey and explore your potential career paths.

Interest Inventory Link: http://www.iseek.org/careers/clusterSurvey

Next Steps: Afterward, document (take notes) on what fields stand out as potential options for you. You’ll need to research 5 colleges where you could potentially develop these interests and earn a degree in that field. In your final presentation, you’ll explain both your career interests, and where you could go to follow up on them.

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Step 2: College Vocabulary

Instructions: You’re going to be learning a lot of new terms and concepts when you start working toward going to college. It’s never too early to start learning some of those terms and how they’ll apply to you. You’ll be asked to research a few of these terms and document as much information about them as possible. Each group will have different terms, so after the presentations, you’ll hopefully all be prepared to start working toward college!

Possible Terms:

· ACT vs. SAT

· AP Credits vs. College Credits

· Application vs. Acceptance vs. Admission

· Associates Degree vs. Bachelor’s Degree vs. Master’s Degree

· Undergraduate vs. Graduate School

· FAFSA & Student Loans

· Scholarships

· Full Time Enrollment vs. Part-Time Enrollment

· Junior/Community College vs. Universities (4 year)

· Major vs. Minor

· Registrar & Transcripts

· In-State Tuition vs. Out-of-State Tuition

· Prerequisites, and Credit Hours

Next Steps: After you and your group have been assigned your terms, research them. Keep in mind these questions. What are they? How do they relate to me? Why do they matter? You may even consider comparing and contrasting them if that is applicable. Just make sure you are detailed and thorough in explaining the terminology to your peers. Also GIVE EXAMPLES!

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Step 3: College Process

Instructions: There are a lot of steps in the college application process. This is critical for you to begin to understand as a young student. College applications and admissions DO NOT START as a senior. It takes time and planning to start preparing for college. You and your partner are going to work together to research the key steps in the process and identify a top ten list of steps in the process for college applications.

Next Steps: Work together with a partner to create a top ten list. You should consider the following questions when creating each step. What should I do? When should I do it? Why should I do it? There is no RIGHT answer, but there are certainly a number of factors to consider. Think about recommendations and essays in the application process. What about researching costs and travel distance? Don’t forget about how you’re going to pay for those costs. Look up FAFSA, student loans, and scholarships to get more ideas!

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Step 4: The presentation

Instructions: You and your partner are going to present your findings in a cohesive, organized presentation to your classmates. The due date is in your calendar, along with the workdays. Be sure to plan ahead!

Next Steps: Work together with your partner to choose a technology that you want to use in your presentation. The only requirement is that it be something that can be submitted to Mr. Drew electronically. Prezi, Google Slides, Powerpoint, Meograph, Animoto, Emaze, Smore… they’re all options. Explore and decide what suits you best. The presentation must include every step in the process. Be sure to include your interests and potential colleges, your assigned college terminology, and your top ten list in the presentation