Why College Should Be  In YOUR Future: Education After High School Dr. Rebecca Joseph, California State University, Los An...
Acknowledgments <ul><li>This information came from several places, including: </li></ul><ul><li>The Institute for Higher E...
THINKING and PLANNING <ul><li>First we’re going to THINK about the possibility of college. </li></ul><ul><li>Then we’re go...
You might be THINKING now about whether to go to college <ul><li>Have you talked about it with your family? </li></ul><ul>...
Bad Reasons NOT to Go <ul><li>I don’t know what I want to do with my life. </li></ul><ul><li>I was never a very good stude...
Myth: You can’t go to college unless you KNOW what you want to do <ul><li>FACT: Most students decide what they want to do ...
Myth: You can’t go to college if YOUR PARENTS didn’t go <ul><li>Fact: Forty percent of all undergraduate students have par...
Myth: You can’t go to college if you don’t have the MONEY <ul><li>FACT: Colleges come in all price ranges. </li></ul><ul><...
You Can Get MONEY to Go to College Because You . . . <ul><li>Need it (this is the biggest reason students get money) </li>...
Good Reasons to GO to College <ul><li>It gives you more  choices. </li></ul><ul><li>It gives you better  quality of life  ...
More CHOICES <ul><li>Choose from more careers. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose higher paying jobs, if you want. </li></ul><ul><li...
Quality of Life: Social Benefits <ul><li>Like your job. </li></ul><ul><li>Live healthier and longer. </li></ul><ul><li>Be ...
Quality of Life: Economic Benefits <ul><li>Last time we checked, high school graduates earned about $25,000 a year while c...
How Much is a MILLION? <ul><li>One million is the difference between the single CD you listened to while doing your homewo...
Economic Benefits, continued <ul><li>Lower unemployment. </li></ul><ul><li>Higher savings. </li></ul><ul><li>Better workin...
Think OUTSIDE the Box <ul><li>It’s important to get your education. It doesn’t matter as much  where . </li></ul><ul><li>“...
Now I’m interested, What Can I DO? <ul><li>First, understand that you live in the best state to go to college... </li></ul...
How do I Find out About Colleges? <ul><li>Go to your College and Career Center. There are many books there as well as grea...
Other Resources. <ul><li>The Fiske Guide-describes lots of colleges </li></ul><ul><li>CSU Mentor is a great place to learn...
Four Year Colleges <ul><li>Lots of kids go directly from high school to four year colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>Four years c...
Four year colleges <ul><li>The University of California and the Cal State University colleges are four year colleges. </li...
So What Do I Do? <ul><li>Make sure you are taking A-G classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t you get any Ds or Fs. </li></ul><ul...
What Else Do I Need to Do? <ul><li>Take standardized tests.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up for the PSAT next fall.  </li><...
You Also Need to… <ul><li>Think about taking honors and AP classes </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in after school activitie...
What if I’m Not Ready for a Four Year College? <ul><li>You’re lucky… </li></ul><ul><li>We have many community colleges-two...
IS It Going to Be Too Expensive? <ul><li>It’s true. It costs money. </li></ul><ul><li>But there is money for you… </li></u...
What Now? <ul><li>Colleges want first generation college goers. </li></ul><ul><li>You make colleges better places. </li></...
When you’re ready… <ul><li>Begin to keep all your report cards. </li></ul><ul><li>Save all your best writing assignments a...
Other Planning Resources <ul><li>Adventures in Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.adventuresineducation.org </li></ul></u...
Remember the BIG Picture!!! <ul><li>Any amount of college or training after high school is better than none </li></ul><ul>...
So, Do You Want to Go to College? <ul><li>Naturally, we think so. </li></ul><ul><li>But it’s all up to YOU! </li></ul><ul>...
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  1. 1. Why College Should Be In YOUR Future: Education After High School Dr. Rebecca Joseph, California State University, Los Angeles
  2. 2. Acknowledgments <ul><li>This information came from several places, including: </li></ul><ul><li>The Institute for Higher Education Policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.ihep.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mapping Your Future </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.mapping-your-future.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.NASFAA.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Northwest Education Loan Association </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.nela.net </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. THINKING and PLANNING <ul><li>First we’re going to THINK about the possibility of college. </li></ul><ul><li>Then we’re going to talk about how to PLAN for college. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s go! </li></ul>
  4. 4. You might be THINKING now about whether to go to college <ul><li>Have you talked about it with your family? </li></ul><ul><li>Ask around, read, listen: there’s a lot of information out there. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fall back on everyone else’s thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>Check with the person who has the most riding on your decision: YOU. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bad Reasons NOT to Go <ul><li>I don’t know what I want to do with my life. </li></ul><ul><li>I was never a very good student. </li></ul><ul><li>Nobody in my family went to college. </li></ul><ul><li>College is way too expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>I want to get a job right away! </li></ul><ul><li>School stinks, and so will college. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Myth: You can’t go to college unless you KNOW what you want to do <ul><li>FACT: Most students decide what they want to do during or after college. </li></ul><ul><li>College is a great place to explore new interests and discover what you like. </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of students start out studying one subject and change their minds while they’re in college. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Myth: You can’t go to college if YOUR PARENTS didn’t go <ul><li>Fact: Forty percent of all undergraduate students have parents who didn’t go to college. </li></ul><ul><li>There’s no rule that says your parents had to go or you can’t. </li></ul><ul><li>Some colleges give extra financial aid to students whose parents didn’t go to college. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Myth: You can’t go to college if you don’t have the MONEY <ul><li>FACT: Colleges come in all price ranges. </li></ul><ul><li>Financial aid is available . . . almost half of all college students receive financial aid. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2004-05 nearly $130 billion in financial aid was distributed. Imagine! </li></ul><ul><li>College is an investment in your future. </li></ul><ul><li>Even though the cost of college is going up, it is still the best step you can take for a good future. </li></ul>
  9. 9. You Can Get MONEY to Go to College Because You . . . <ul><li>Need it (this is the biggest reason students get money) </li></ul><ul><li>Earn good grades or take hard courses </li></ul><ul><li>Have talent in music, art, sports, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a certain background or characteristic </li></ul><ul><li>Belong to a certain organization (or your parents do) </li></ul><ul><li>Have a special need or a disability </li></ul><ul><li>(There are lots of other ways to get money for college, too.) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Good Reasons to GO to College <ul><li>It gives you more choices. </li></ul><ul><li>It gives you better quality of life through social benefits (more in a minute). </li></ul><ul><li>It gives you a better quality of life through economic benefits (more in a minute). </li></ul>
  11. 11. More CHOICES <ul><li>Choose from more careers. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose higher paying jobs, if you want. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose jobs you really like to do. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose where you want to live. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Quality of Life: Social Benefits <ul><li>Like your job. </li></ul><ul><li>Live healthier and longer. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a better problem solver and make better decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a better life for you and your family. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase your social status. </li></ul><ul><li>Have more hobbies and leisure activities. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Quality of Life: Economic Benefits <ul><li>Last time we checked, high school graduates earned about $25,000 a year while college graduates with a bachelor’s degree earned about $48,000. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 30 years of work, that’s a $700,000 difference </li></ul><ul><li>The difference may be $1 million+. </li></ul>
  14. 14. How Much is a MILLION? <ul><li>One million is the difference between the single CD you listened to while doing your homework last night and 10,000 iPOD Nano systems! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Economic Benefits, continued <ul><li>Lower unemployment. </li></ul><ul><li>Higher savings. </li></ul><ul><li>Better working conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>Get ahead personally and professionally. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Think OUTSIDE the Box <ul><li>It’s important to get your education. It doesn’t matter as much where . </li></ul><ul><li>“College” means trade or technical schools and community colleges, not just four-year schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t feel like you can only get jobs related to your education. Your degree may not match your career later on. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Now I’m interested, What Can I DO? <ul><li>First, understand that you live in the best state to go to college... </li></ul><ul><li>There are public—state funded colleges that are relatively low cost. </li></ul><ul><li>There are also private four year colleges—they are more expensive but provide full scholarships to many first generation and/or minority students. </li></ul><ul><li>There are also great colleges across the country who are desperate for high achieving kids, minority students like you. </li></ul>
  18. 18. How do I Find out About Colleges? <ul><li>Go to your College and Career Center. There are many books there as well as great websites about college. </li></ul><ul><li>Start with the College Board. They have many great online resources, including timelines and college search plans </li></ul><ul><li>http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp </li></ul>
  19. 19. Other Resources. <ul><li>The Fiske Guide-describes lots of colleges </li></ul><ul><li>CSU Mentor is a great place to learn about the Cal State System and all kinds of financial aid and planning information </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.csumentor.edu/ </li></ul><ul><li>California Career Zone helps you learn about different careers </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cacareerzone.org/index.html;jsessionid=56683AAFFE0E2D4C6BA1E2BF0D7BCDD9 </li></ul>
  20. 20. Four Year Colleges <ul><li>Lots of kids go directly from high school to four year colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>Four years colleges offer you all kinds of choices and social opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>You can live on campus or commute. </li></ul><ul><li>In California, you need to do several things to get ready for these colleges… </li></ul>
  21. 21. Four year colleges <ul><li>The University of California and the Cal State University colleges are four year colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 9 UC campuses and 23 Cal State Campuses </li></ul><ul><li>They both require that you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Meet A-G requirements with no grade lower than a C- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Four years of approved English </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two to three years of History </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two to three years of lab Science classes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two to three years of a foreign language or 800 on the Spanish SAT 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Three to four years of Math up through at least Algebra 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One year of art, drama, music </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One year of college electives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/undergrad_adm/paths_to_adm/freshman/subject_reqs.html </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. So What Do I Do? <ul><li>Make sure you are taking A-G classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t you get any Ds or Fs. </li></ul><ul><li>If you do, take those classes again as soon possible </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge yourself-take harder classes if you can </li></ul><ul><li>Even think about taking classes at summer school or community colleges to move yourself further ahead. High school kids can take community college classes for free. </li></ul>
  23. 23. What Else Do I Need to Do? <ul><li>Take standardized tests. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up for the PSAT next fall. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get test prep books from the library or a book store </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take the SAT or the ACT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The college board tells you all about tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At the end of this year or next year, take two SAT Subject Tests in your best subjects if you’re interested in the UC or private colleges </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. You Also Need to… <ul><li>Think about taking honors and AP classes </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in after school activities, including sports, plays, and clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer in your community </li></ul><ul><li>Get a job—even child care counts </li></ul><ul><li>The top colleges want you to stick with things and show leadership </li></ul>
  25. 25. What if I’m Not Ready for a Four Year College? <ul><li>You’re lucky… </li></ul><ul><li>We have many community colleges-two year schools. </li></ul><ul><li>They are very inexpensive </li></ul><ul><li>You start there and take two years of courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Once you complete all your required courses, you can apply to transfer to a four year school </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you immediately find the transfer office if you go to community colleges </li></ul>
  26. 26. IS It Going to Be Too Expensive? <ul><li>It’s true. It costs money. </li></ul><ul><li>But there is money for you… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each college will let you know about financial aid…when you’re ready…go to your College and Career Center for information. The CSU Mentor and College Board sites also provide information. </li></ul>
  27. 27. What Now? <ul><li>Colleges want first generation college goers. </li></ul><ul><li>You make colleges better places. </li></ul><ul><li>You grow in so many ways by going to college. </li></ul><ul><li>You can have so many more choices if you go to college. </li></ul>
  28. 28. When you’re ready… <ul><li>Begin to keep all your report cards. </li></ul><ul><li>Save all your best writing assignments and tests. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a list of all your activities and awards. </li></ul><ul><li>Think of stories that colleges will want to know about you in essays. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions…. </li></ul><ul><li>Email me anytime at rjoseph@calstatela.edu </li></ul>
  29. 29. Other Planning Resources <ul><li>Adventures in Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.adventuresineducation.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes information in Spanish. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mapping Your Future </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.mapping-your-future.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes information in Spanish. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The College Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.collegeboard.com </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Remember the BIG Picture!!! <ul><li>Any amount of college or training after high school is better than none </li></ul><ul><li>It can bring you . . . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More choices in life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better quality of life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More money! More money! More money! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It’s all up to you, so you decide! </li></ul>
  31. 31. So, Do You Want to Go to College? <ul><li>Naturally, we think so. </li></ul><ul><li>But it’s all up to YOU! </li></ul><ul><li>Do get started on your checklist TODAY. </li></ul><ul><li>Good luck and happy planning! </li></ul><ul><li>The End! </li></ul>

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