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How to Keep Track of Volunteer Hours in High School

High school was scary the first time I went through it (as a teenager). High school was almost as scary the second time I went through it (with my older daughter). I’m thinking that the third time will be a charm. My younger daughter started high school a few weeks ago, and we’re chugging right along.

One important record-keeping aspect of high school that was new to me the second time around was keeping track of volunteer hours. As colleges get more and more competitive, documenting volunteer hours becomes more important.

So, I created a table in Microsoft Word with empty blocks to fill in the dates for when my high schooler completes an hour of community or church service time. I hole-punched the paper and keep it in my Mom Master Binder (part 2 here). Then all I have to do is pull it out once every few weeks and update my daughter’s volunteer hours.

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The Applications: College Search, Part 8

It’s time. Time for what? Time to start filling out those college applications! After you’ve narrowed down your choices to the top 3-5 colleges, start filling in those applications by mid-summer to early fall of the senior year.

It can be a long, drawn-out process; many colleges have multi-page, complicated applications, with many required components, including essays. Many also require recommendations from teachers, pastors, and/or bosses. Don’t forget to budget for the applications; most colleges charge $25-$50 (and more) for each application.

My daughter’s number one college choice had a 2-page, paper application in the folder she received when we arrived for the visit. She actually filled it out on the spot, but I am positive that the majority of colleges are not that easy. She will be filling out other applications later this summer and into next fall.

This is the conclusion of the College Search series, mostly because this is all the further we’ve gotten. We’re looking forward to the next stages in the process.

Q4U: Do you have any college application tips?

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Consider a Community College First: College Search Part 7

So, what if you’re not quite ready to send your little darling off to the big, bad university that’s hours away from home? A good stepping stone in the college process is a local community college.

The community college isn’t for everyone; I’m sure we all know those high achievers that get full-ride scholarships to Ivy League schools. I’m talking about the rest of our kids here.

Community colleges are waaaaaay more affordable than 4-year universities. They’re close to home, so students can live at home and save expenses that way. And, they’re a good middle ground; kids can still get a little guidance from mom and dad, but yet be away from home for actual classes.

We actually chose to go the community college route with my older daughter. She was just too young (16) to be sent away, we felt. And, the checkbook manager (aka her dad) wanted to save money. If she goes to a 4-year school here in NC, which is very likely, she will be able to transfer in all of her CC classes. I think she will get her Associates, which will then transfer as a block for all of her general education requirements at the university. That’s the current plan, anyway. She attends college classes with other college kids and interacts with them; that’s given her a measure of freedom. But, she still lives at home with us and freely discusses her classes and other college affairs–the good, the bad, and the ugly. We’re still here in person to give her guidance along the way.

Q4U: Do you think community college might be in your teen’s future?