- Meet with your counselor and start planning your four-year class plan.
Plan a challenging program of classes to take! The courses you take in high school show colleges what kind of goals you set for yourself.
- Visit on campus resources... even if they are remote! Check out the Library, Counseling Offices, and the College & Career Center to become familiar with all they have to offer.
- Establish strong study habits and time management techniques! Now is the time to organize yourself so you can stay organized throughout the year.
- Get involved with extracurricular activities that interest you: join sports teams and/or clubs with activities that you enjoy! Don't do something because you think, or someone suggested, it will "look good" when you apply to college.
Colleges look at more than just your academic record for admission. It’s important that you demonstrate your abilities outside the classroom too! Colleges look for authentic interest and passion in what you do when you're not doing classwork.
- Explore and participate in community service.
- If you need academic help, see your teacher or check in with your counselor to discuss where you need assistance and what resources are available to help you succeed. Speak with your parents to let them know where you need help.
- Before the year ends, investigate and get involved with academic enrichment programs, summer workshops and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts and science.
Remember that learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom… there’s so much to learn in the world around you. Start a journal or a video diary of your summer experiences!