Remember:

You may have to make choices about what sport you play, what elective you take at school, or what you use your spending money on. As you get older, you’ll continue to make decisions about what you do with your time and how you spend your money. Believe it or not, middle school is the perfect time to start to thinking about some of those choices, specifically related to your college and career dreams.

The following resources aim to help you start thinking about your future and planning for career and college success.

Investigative Journalism

Some of the best resources for information related to college and career are the adults in your life. Their stories may inspire your dreams. Be curious and ask questions!

Some of the best resources for information related to college and career are the adults in your life. Their stories may inspire your dreams. Be curious and ask questions! Organize an interview with an adult in your life whom you admire. Below are some suggested questions to get you started, but get creative! Ask the questions that you want to know.

Career Questions

  • What is your job?
  • What do you love about your job?
  • What are your qualities that make you good at your job?
  • What did you want to be when you were my age?
  • What was your first job?

College Questions

  • What college did you go to?
  • What did you study?
  • How much did college cost when you went?
  • How did you and your family pay for college?
  • What’s a favorite memory of yours from college?

Claim Your Future

Claim Your Future is an interactive game that lets you try out future careers and make decisions about how you’d spend your money.

Claim Your Future is an interactive game that lets you try out future careers and make decisions about how you’d spend your money. Do you want to be a teacher or a technician? Would you rather spend your money on TV, internet, or a cell phone? Will you want a sports car, a used car, or a bus pass? Make all these decisions and more at www.claimyourfuture.com

Learn the Lingo

A lot of the words people use to talk about college are fancier words for things you already know. Learn some of these words and be well on your way to having the vocabulary of a college student!

A lot of the words people use to talk about college are fancier words for things you already know. Learn some of these words and be well on your way to having the vocabulary of a college student!

College or University: There are many different places students learn after high school. Two of them are called colleges and universities.

Think: School

Campus: Colleges and universities are usually pretty big and need more than just one building for all of their students. The buildings, grass, and space that make up a college or university are called a campus.

Think: Schoolyard

Dining Hall, Commons, or Cafeteria: Where college students eat.

Think: Cafeteria

Dorm or Residence Hall: The name of the building where students live. They have long hallways and many rooms, similar to a hotel.

Think: Home

Roommate: Students usually share their dorm room with someone else called a roommate. It’s like having a sleepover every night!

Think: Locker Buddy, but you share a room not just a locker.

Professor: Instead of saying “Mr.” “Ms.” or “Mrs.,” teachers at college are called “Professor.”

Think: Teacher

Major: What a college student studies. At college, you’re no longer required to take reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art, and gym – you can pick what you’re most excited about and study a lot of it!

Think: Favorite Subject