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Students: Wondering where to start? Right here!

How to navigate the College Readiness Resource Center

You’re here because you’re looking for answers. As a student, it’s sometimes hard to know where to turn, or what to think as you consider your life after high school: job, career, college, training? What to do? And, you might be wondering – once you know what you want to do, how are you going to get there? 

It’s hard to know where to start, as you think about life after high school. We’ve created a “path” through some foundational ideas we think will help you make better-informed decisions about what your next steps are. We encourage you to be really honest with yourself as you consider your skills and interests. 

You can approach these resources in a couple of ways. Choose which one works best for you. 

For those of you who like to start at the beginning: 

  1. Learn the difference between high school and college in this article and find out how the IDEA to ADA transition works. Trust us. This is the best place to start! (We’ve got similar articles for your family and your TVI, too!)
  2. Assess your skills with the College Readiness Checklist and discuss your answers with your TVI and your parents. Some of the questions may surprise you, or be about things you’ve never heard of. The key here is to learn what you don’t know, or don’t know how to do so that you can work to fill in those gaps. 
  3. Then, explore the differences between colleges and universities in this article ”College: Is it the right option for me?” From there, move onto “If not college… then what?
  4. Finally, “College: Not a one size fits all” will help you better understand the many kinds of colleges and programs out there. A common way to begin is to consider how you feel about a few things: How far from home do you want to be? Do you know what you want to study? (Pro tip: it’s ok if you don’t!) Do you live to study or would rather do anything else? And, importantly, how independent are you right now with your academics, and with your blindness skills? (Yeah, you’ve got to be sure you can get to class on your own!) Lots of things change in college, but there are different ways to begin this part of your life that will set you up for success.
  5. Finally, consider taking your time. While a lot of voices online and in social media make it sound like attending college right after high school is what everyone does, that’s not the case. Plan out your next steps carefully, on a timeline that makes sense for you. Once you read through these foundational articles, explore the rest of the articles as your needs evolve. 

Option 2: Jump in wherever your interest takes you! We will be adding more material to this resource, so keep coming back to learn more! 

I didn’t realize how much changes between high school and college. I now understand that it’s important to start working on developing computer skills before I start college.

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