What You Need To Know Before Going To College

Learning the college admissions process. Determining the best way to study for tests. Figuring out how to get along with a roommate. These are all things high school students (hopefully) learn before heading off to college. But what about everything else? Those things that will make your college experience 10x better, but aren’t as common to talk about.

We recently asked Blueprint alumni what every high schooler needs to know about college. Here’s their advice:

10 Things Every High Schooler Needs to Know

1. Enjoy the college selection process

Now is not the time to go with the flow or get peer-pressured into attending a college you don’t love. Though you may be inclined to follow your best friend wherever they decide to go, it’s more important to choose exactly the right college for you. Choosing the right college now will save you four years or more of dissatisfaction, so be a savvy consumer! Do your research, visit your top choices and get a feel for life on campus with a pre-college summer program.

2. You should get a job

Yes, college is your job. But working while managing your college classes gives you valuable time management skills that future employers will notice. There’s no need to obsess over finding the “perfect” job – just do something that gets you out of the college bubble. You’ll make friends, learn how to manage your time and appreciate the value of a dollar.

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Make Your College Application Stand Out With These 5 Tips

Getting accepted into college involves a combination of following the right steps and ensuring you’ve chosen a good fit. This choice will affect the next four years (and the rest) of your life. Where you live. Friends you make. Relationships you build. Career options you have. It all is impacted by the college you attend.

With a decision this big, it’s important to be prepared! Educate yourself about your options, take advantage of pre-college summer programs and create a list of your top choice colleges. Then, do your best to ensure that your top choice colleges will accept you when it is time to apply! Read more

CCR Checklist For High School Students

It’s never too early to start thinking about and planning for college. Though the end of sophomore/beginning of junior year is when most students start to get serious about college admissions, there are plenty of things to do even as you begin high school!

Ever wonder what you should be doing in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade to be getting ready for college? When should you narrow down your top picks? What summer is best for college visits?

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Blueprint Named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies

Asheville, NC – August 16th, 2017 – Blueprint Summer Programs, Inc., the leader in pre-college summer programs for high school students, has been recognized as No. 851 on Inc. Magazine’s 2017 list of America’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.

Blueprint now joins an elite group that in past years has included GoPro, Clif Bar and Patagonia, and is the only summer program company to make this year’s list. Blueprint experienced a three-year growth rate of 529%, and created over 250 full and part-time jobs in the past year. The company has plans for further growth in the coming year.

Founded in 2007 by Asheville residents Michael Dodson and Justin Laman, Blueprint was created to help students get ready for college. The company offers academic, residential summer programs for high school students that empower them to decide what type of college is the best fit for them, pinpoint their major, understand the college application process, and learn skills for navigating daily college life.

“We’re very excited to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the country, and see this as a testament to the demand for this type of college readiness programming,” said Michael Dodson, Blueprint’s CEO. “Choosing which college is the best for you, and then getting into it, can be a harrowing process when you’re operating in the dark. We’re looking forward to helping even more students navigate the process and arrive at college prepared for success.”

Blueprint Summer Programs is the leader in Pre-College Enrichment programs for students entering grades 9-12 and has educated thousands of students since its inception in 2007. Programs are residential, focus on College and Career Readiness, and have been hosted at UCLA, Georgetown University, University of Florida, University of Virginia, and many other highly-regarded institutions of higher education.

For more information, call 877-415-1111 or email [email protected]

How Pre-College Programs Help Prepare Students for Life After High School

Everything about Blueprint is designed to get students ready for college.

No matter which program you attend, College and Career Success is at the core of every day. Our curriculum covers everything from filling out applications and writing essays, to figuring out how to pay for college, to getting along with your roommate once there, and so much more! And there’s the whole thing where you’re actually living on a college campus. But even the little things, like eating in the dining hall, going on road trips, and participating in evening activities are all purposefully crafted to develop those critical CCS skills you need to go in strong.

Good grades and high test scores are important to get into college, but there are many things you can’t learn in a classroom. Blueprint sets the stage for high school students to spend up to a couple weeks during their summer really preparing for college and career and test driving the college experience. Our Pre-College Immersion students even get to try out two potential majors through classroom instruction and hands on learning, while those who only have a few days available now have the opportunity to experience our CCS curriculum at our 4 Day Intensive.

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Why Get Involved? The Benefits Of Extracurriculars

What you do outside of the classroom is just as important (if not more so!) than what you do in class. It’s that time spent on things other than academics that is crucial for a student’s well-being and development. After all, what good is a straight A student when you never developed the emotional maturity to handle all the challenges life is about to throw you?

College Admissions Offices emphasize the importance of being well-rounded. There will be 100s of students just like you with good grades and high test scores. Have something that makes you stand out besides academics. But beyond that, what good is it to get involved in a few extracurriculars?

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5 Must Have Skills For College Success

While in high school, students and parents both spend a lot of time and energy navigating the admissions process. Ensuring their scores are high, their interests are varied. They’ve researched potential careers and majors. And selected the perfect college. So much focus is given to getting accepted to the right college, but many fail to focus on ensuring students are able to succeed once they get there.

Most people assume that upon graduation of high school, students will be prepared to go on to college. They passed the classes, have an acceptable (if not excellent) GPA, and even received a few different acceptance letters! That means they’re ready, right?

Not necessarily…

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SAT or ACT: Your Guide On How To Decide

Required by nearly every American college and the bane of a high school student’s existence. At some point, typically during your junior year, you’re going to have to make the decision. Do you take the SAT or ACT? Or are you so indecisive that you just say forget it and take both?

Both are accepted by most colleges. Both have optional essays. Both measure competencies in Math, Reading and English. And with recent edits to the SAT, they are now more similar than ever!

First things first…is one better than the other? Not really (though some may disagree). When deciding between and studying for the ACT or SAT, it really comes down to personal preference. There may not be a best choice overall, but there likely is a best choice for you.

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CCS Skills: 7 Ways To Be More Effective With Your Time Management

Time management is a critical CCS skill. It’s important in high school, but even more so in college when you have to actually make your own decisions on when to study or when to watch a movie with friends. Let me give you an example:

Student: “Can I go hang out with my friends tonight?”

Parent: “Have you done all your homework?”

Student: “I just have to finish up my history paper and study for my AP English exam…”

Parent: “Then you can do your school work instead.”

Sound familiar?

Hopefully by high school, you’ve already learned the importance of getting all your school assignments done. Maybe your family even has a rule that you have to complete all work before watching tv, playing Xbox or going over to a friend’s. And so far, you’ve done great at turning in assignments on time and making good grades.

But, what happens when you’re on your own? When you don’t have your parents constantly checking to make sure you’ve completed your work? When you have a midterm you really should study for, but you’re roommate is having a bunch of people over to watch Game of Thrones?

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