College Prep Badge
by Makayla Russell, Butterfly Troop #159
This badge is designed for Eagles only
Do seven requirements including the two starred:
_____ 1. * Know the difference between associates, bachelors, masters and PhD, understand which is needed for your future occupation and the time commitment and cost of each.
_____ 2.* Research the amount of money your degree will take to earn and create a financial plan for your education to help keep you out of debt. Understand how school choice can affect how much debt you will incur. Have a plan in place to pay off any debt as quickly as possible.
_____ 3. Understand what AP classes are an how they earn you college credit as well as what CLEP tests are how they also earn college credits. Understand what types of scores and tests are needed for credit at the college you are considering attending.
_____ 4. Colleges look at your extracurricular activities to see if you are well rounded individual. Participate in at least one club or sport, not counting Frontier Girls.
_____ 5. Leadership is another quality that colleges desire. Hold a leadership position in your school, church, or charity of your choice.
_____ 6. Learn the difference between a prep school, vocational school, trade school, community college, and university.
_____ 7. Know the requirements to get into the college you are interested in and understand what A-G classes are as well as what it means if a program is "impacted."
_____ 8. Tour a college campus and meet with an advisor for your interested degree.
_____ 9. Know the difference between associates, bachelors, masters and PhD, understand which is needed for your future occupation and the time commitment of each.
_____ 10. Fill out a FAFSA form. Learn how to apply for grants, scholarships, and student loans, and what the pros and cons are of each type of financial aid. Know what the deadlines are for filing for each type of aid.
_____ 11. Interview people that work in occupations you are interested in and write pros and cons of the occupation. Shadow someone for a day in an occupation you think you would enjoy. If possible get an internship.
_____ 12. Entrance to college is based partly on your grade point average. Maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in all classes for a full semester.
_____ 13. Take an aptitude, personality and skills test to determine your strengths for different occupations.
_____ 14. Attend a job fair and talk with people about job options in your community.