如何利用暑期对大学和职业计划进行微调

随着我们越来越接近学年的结束,我们的许多学生和家长都在计划一个休息和放松的夏天!请记住,夏天也是探索大学和职业目标的好时机。请记住,夏天也是探索大学和职业目标的好时机。这里有一些提示,可以让你充分利用你的暑假,微调你的大学和职业计划。

1.计划参观大学

世界上几乎每个国家都有一个大学校园。无论你是计划在外国的家庭度假,还是回到自己的国家,都要在每个地方安排一次大学之旅,无论它是否是你的大学选择之一。学生应该看到各种类型的大学校园,了解和比较不同类型的校园,以决定哪个校园环境和设施最适合他们的需要。

2.保持关系

After visiting universities, send a follow up email stating your appreciation and something you learned during the visit. When questions arise about your major or application, reach out to the representative for support. University reps love to see that students are continuously engaged in the university planning process prior to submission time. Additionally, be sure to nurture your relationships with teachers, coaches, and counselors. They will be writing references on your behalf and should be able to say numerous positive character traits about you (turns in work on time, submits quality work, engages in class discussion, works well with others, etc.). Representatives know that when these traits are not mentioned, it may mean the student has difficulties it this area. 

3.志愿服务并记录你的努力

所有大学都希望看到学生在课堂内外都能参与。找一个当地的慈善机构,捐出一些你的假期时间。如果可能的话,找到你所选择的职业领域的人,在工作中跟随他们。在每次活动后,记录姓名、日期、你的角色和活动的描述。这些活动以后可以包括在你的学生简历和个人陈述中。

4.探索职业兴趣

你想在商业或公共服务领域工作吗?你喜欢与人打交道还是与数据和电脑打交道?你认为自己是每天工作8小时还是在急诊医院上夜班?花些时间思考最适合你的学术、个人和社会兴趣的职业行业。参加职业评估可以帮助你开始探索过程。 123test.com offers an easy to use career assessment that can help you explore careers that are aligned with your interests and that you may not have previously considered.

5.研究型大学及其录取标准

作为一所国际学校,我们的学生实际上是以世界为基地选择大学的。首先,要确定选择上大学的首要国家。然后研究有专业或课程的大学,这些专业或课程将导致你的职业选择。之后,根据最佳的学位课程、校园环境和成本缩小你的选择范围。一定要根据你的个人学业成绩单、预测成绩和考试分数来确定达到、目标和安全学校。进入11年级和12年级的学生拥有BridgeU账户,以协助他们进行大学研究。11年级和12年级学生的家长也可以使用学生的BridgeU账户。本学年早些时候,BridgeU向家长发送了一封注册邮件。让你的学生完成他们的个人资料,并将他们选择的大学列入短名单。

6.为最后期限做计划

Based on where and when you want to apply, you may have application deadlines throughout all of Year 12. Make sure you have collected all the necessary information before starting an application. Beginning in Year 9, keep track of all of your sports, clubs, volunteer experiences and leadership roles. You will be able to use them to create a CV that will enable teachers and counselors to write a more detailed reference for you. It is also a good idea to begin writing your thoughts about why you want to study your chosen major and the career path you have planned for yourself. This can later be used in a personal statement or help you express your thoughts during university interviews. Make sure you begin taking university entrance exams such as SAT or TOEFL in Year 11 to give yourself plenty of time to take the exams twice. TOEFL exams are offered over the summer. For students entering Year 12, research application deadlines for the universities you plan to apply. A good rule of thumb is to mark your calendar at least 10 days before the application is due. This will ensure that documents needing to be mailed will reach the university on time as well as allow time to address technical issues with online submissions.

7.与父母讨论你的计划

Always keep your parents informed of the ideas and plans you have for university. It is important to know how your parents’ feels about the country in which you want to attend university as well as the cost they have planned to invest in your education. Sometimes parent may not agree with the choices you have made, however the university counselor can assist you in finding information to support you in explaining your interests to your parents. Have the conversation as often as possible to ensure everyone is in agreement throughout the selection process.

如果你在任何时候对职业和大学选择过程有疑问,请在下学期回来时与大学顾问Tiese Bright预约。她将提供家长和学生信息会议,支持你完成这一过程。祝你假期愉快,我期待着在你的大学之旅中与你合作!