Ready for College

Ready for College- by Keli Hinijosa


This activity allows students to start exploring what college they may attend in the future.  They will research what colleges  match their interests, compare the costs of three different schools, create their own dorm room, and begin a dialogue with their parents about their future.


Timeline: 5-10 days

Instructional Focus: College Readiness and Financial Literacy

Challenge Brief:

Let’s talk about college.  Are you ready?  Do you know what you want to study? Do you know where you want to go?  Do you know how to get there?  And how much does it cost????  And how long does it take???…

There are a lot of questions that need to be answered prior to ever taking off for college.  Research says the earlier you start looking and preparing, the more likely it is that you will be successful in your academic career; which means more success in your chosen career.  So let’s get started.

You are hereby challenged to:

  • Develop an area of interest.  (What is it you think you want to do?)
  • Find where it is you might go to study this “whatever it is”
  • Develop a study plan and a living plan
  • Find someplace to live
  • Create a floor plan for that place
  • Create a budget and practice what it would be like to live within that budget

And finally…

  • Pull it all together with one letter of intent (written to yourself)

 Project Requirements:

  1. You must keep a daily log (form provided), of your task list, workshops requested and workshops attended.  This should also include grades from ALL skills checks.
  2. Brain exploration:  Create and share with me on GoogleDocs a paper that explains what you want to study.  You should research and list three schools that offer this plan of study.  You should include name and SPECIFIC location of these schools.
  3. Cost study:  You must research these schools and record the real “cost per semester.”  This should be an Excel spreadsheet that includes tuition per class, dorm fee or apartment rent, books, supplies, food, and other expenses
  4. Cost comparison.  You must create two graphs (also in Excel) that compare costs.  The first should compare costs between the three schools that you choose.  The second should compare costs of your first choice and two other students choices.
  5. You must download a floor plan for your chosen dorm room or apartment (or any other living space you come up with.  This can be from the school you are researching or an example that you find.  You must use “scale” to determine square footage of this space, transfer that drawing to graph paper, then “furnish” it with scale size furniture.  These must be labeled with size and cost.
  6. You must create a budget.  What would it cost for you to live at the school where you have chosen to go.
  7. You must conduct a RECORDED VIDEO of an interview with your parents/guardian regarding your college plans.  (see me for details)
  8. You must develop an application portfolio.  This should include a record of your past grades, school transcripts so far, an autobiographical paper, and anything else a college might need for application.  (a sample application would be excellent.
  9. FINALLY, you must write a letter to your older self, explaining the work you have done and the reasons you have made the choices you have made.


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(6.6) Geometry and spatial reasoning. The student uses geometric vocabulary to describe angles, polygons, and circles. The student is expected to:
(C) describe the relationship between radius, diameter, and circumference of a circle. (Supporting Standard)
(6.8) Measurement. The student solves application problems involving estimation and measurement of length, area, time, temperature, volume, weight, and angles. The student is expected to:
(A) estimate measurements (including circumference) and evaluate reasonableness of results; (Supporting Standard)
(B) select and use appropriate units, tools, or formulas to measure and to solve problems involving length (including perimeter), area, time, temperature, volume, and weight; (Readiness Standard)

(6.11)  Underlying processes and mathematical tools. The student applies Grade 6 mathematics to solve problems connected to everyday experiences, investigations in other disciplines, and activities in and outside of school. The student is expected to:
(A)  identify and apply mathematics to everyday experiences, to activities in and outside of school, with other disciplines, and with other mathematical topics;

6.1)  Number, operation, and quantitative reasoning. The student represents and uses rational numbers in a variety of equivalent forms. The student is expected to:
(C)  use integers to represent real-life situations; (supporting standard)