Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18Develop your interests Participate in activities in and out of school, take on leadership roles when possible, and do some volun- teer work. Community service, such as volunteering for a local food bank or animal shelter is very worth- while, and it’s impressive on any application. Colleges are looking for students who have something that makes them stand out. If you have an interest, talent, or passion, take time this year to develop it. Explore your options Think about what you’re looking for in a college and learn about the schools you want to consider. Talk to your parents and your counselor about your college options. Think about a major As a college student, you must choose a major. This is the subject you will study in depth. Think about your abilities, talents, and interests in terms of a possible major. For help in choosing a major, go to www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org. Make college visits Visiting different colleges is the best way to find out what kind of college will be the best fit for you. Talk to your parents to determine which schools you will visit. Have a conversation about college costs Talk to your parents about how your education will be paid for. Will you need to get financial aid? Will you apply for scholarships? To get an estimate of the federal financial aid you may be eligible for, use FAFSA4caster at www.FAFSA.gov. 7