Now that you’ve adjusted to high school, it’s time to start thinking about college.
“Start talking to friends, teachers and family about where they went to school and what their thoughts are about different places,” says Ward.
Research colleges you’re interested in by looking at their websites and checking out guidebooks. Keep any material you find in a file so you have all your college information in one place. And if you find yourself in the area of a school that caught your eye, don’t hesitate to drop by and look around.
“If you’re traveling places for other reasons,” Ward says, “take advantage and see what different types of schools look like — because when things start moving fast, they’ll move really fast. If you’re in a city, go see a couple of schools in that city. If you’re passing by a school out in the country, go see what it looks like. Get a feel for big schools and small schools.