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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Top 5 Ways to Rock Your Future -

Back-to-school is a great time to focus on your future, especially your college and career goals.

Whether you are in middle school or high school, there is so much you can do to get ahead and be prepared. A great way to focus your efforts is to start with this Top 5 list of the best ways to Rock Your Future.
  1. You can’t get in if you don’t apply. Texas makes it easy. lets you submit one application to all Texas public universities as well as many private and two-year colleges.
  2. Your scores matter.Study hard, keep your GPA high, and take the PSAT, SAT and/or ACT for college applications and scholarships. Talk to your counselor, and visit the websites: and for more information.
  3. Visit college campuses.A college education opens doors to boundless career opportunities. College isn’t limited to four-year gigs. Your options for college include two-year schools, technical schools, certificate programs, as well as universities. Visit campuses and make the choice that’s right for you.
  4. Find a mentor.Seek out a knowledgeable adult to guide you through the college application process. An experienced parent, counselor, teacher, or family friend can be a valuable advisor on your journey to college. Talk with someone who works in a career that sparks your curiosity.
  5. Create a brag sheet.It’s never too early to create a brag sheet that organizes all of your accomplishments, community service, awards, internships, etc. This handy document will help you fill out scholarship applications, college applications, prepare for interviews, etc.
Listen to stories from REAL students:
  • Meet Erica - “Because my family had never gone to college, I didn’t know what to expect or how to go about it.”
  • Meet Devonte - “Being a role model is a lot of responsibility because you have people looking up at you and you don’t want to mess up.”
  • Meet Vince Young - "I didn't think I was ever going to go to college, but when I set my mind to it - it pushed me to be the man that I am today."
For more college success stories, visit the GenTX website today!

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