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Planning for College in Elementary School

Even though college may seem like a long way off, now is the time to start thinking about your future. You can be ready for college if you follow these tips. Print off our checklist so you remember the important steps to take.

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Why do I need college?

By the time you graduate from high school, most jobs will require a college degree or some kind of training after high school.

What are my college options?

You have lots of options: college for two years or four years, a technical program (such as a car mechanic program), an apprenticeship (such as an electrician’s apprenticeship) or the military. Read more about your college degree options from Learn More Indiana.

What will I study?

You will study what you want to study! In college, your classes will focus on your major (the subject on which you’ll spend the most time). If you major in biology, you will take lots of science classes. If you major in fine arts, expect to spend a lot of time in an art studio.

Where will I live?

Many college students live on or near campus, but you might choose to live at home and save money. If you live on campus, you will probably live in a dorm with a roommate. A roommate will share a bedroom and a bathroom with you. Do you share a room with a brother or sister now? If so, it is good practice for living with someone else. You could also live in an apartment, where you will have to cook and clean for yourself.

How can I get ready for college?

To get into college, you will have to show that you are a good student. Start setting good habits now, like turning in homework, studying for tests and listening to your teacher. It might help to know your learning style. You can take a learning style quiz from Learn More Indiana.


Learn More about Careers

When you get to college, you will want to have a goal. Where you go to college depends on what kind of career you want.

How do I know which careers would be good for me?

Take a quick quiz from the Bureau of Labor Statistics here. Or, ask yourself these questions:

  • What do I like to do?
  • What do other people say I am good at?
  • What things do I spend a lot of time practicing?
  • What things do others ask me to help them with?

Ask your parents, friends and teachers to help you connect your answers to possible careers. For example, if you like being outside, you might enjoy a trade like mason or electrician, where you'd get to spend a lot of time outside. Or maybe you'd like being a naturalist or a botanist, where you'd get to study nature.

How can I learn what different careers are like?

Check out this super long list of careers (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Read books and other websites, too. And whenever possible, visit friends and family at work. Imagine yourself there. Would you like it? Would you be good at it?