Attention 9th & 10th Graders Lauren Chambliss Hernandez
When you are in 9th or 10th college may seem a long way off, but it is not! If you didn’t begin planning for college in your middle school years, you must start now! Your 9th & 10th grade academic and extracurricular record will be part of your college and scholarship applications. Top colleges and universities, as well as, scholarship selection committees are looking for top students. Position yourself now to come out on top by getting into the best schools and to receive scholarship money for your college education.
MEET WITH YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR Introduce yourself, talk about your plans for the future, course selection and college planning.
FOCUS ON GRADES Grades matter! Starting off high school with low grades will hurt you later. The grades you earn and the type of courses you take will impact your college application.
TAKE CHALLENGING COURSES Not only do colleges want to see good grades; they also want to see that you have challenged yourself by taking more demanding courses. If your school offers honors and AP courses, position yourself now to be able to take them in your upper classmen years.
STUDY A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND STICK WITH IT Select a foreign language and continue taking it through senior year! We live in a very diverse world and knowing a foreign language will only enhance your college application and your future!
GET HELP IF YOU NEED IT If you are in need of help…get it! Don’t wait and let low grades get out of control. Talk to your parents, to your guidance counselor and your teachers to get the help you need!
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Focus on extracurricular activities that help you to grow and that you are passionate about. Join clubs, play a sport or instrument and reach out to the community and volunteer! Be a leader and help to make a difference…college boards love to see this in applicants.
FREQUENTLY VISIT YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR Don’t wait for mandatory meetings with your counselor to talk. Set up meetings with your counselor throughout the school year to go over your progress and your college plans.
GRADES WILL ALWAYS MATTER Your grades matter a whole lot! Grades are the most important part of being accepted into top colleges and universities. It is really that simple! or tutoring you need!
CONTINUE TO TAKE CHALLENGING COURSES Any “A” is good, but an “A” in an AP course is even better! Success in AP courses show maturity and your ability to meet the demands of college. Success on AP exams can earn you college credit and save thousands of tuition dollars!
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES & LEADERSHIP Colleges are looking for leaders. Young leaders become good students, great alumni and future business and world leaders! Know your passion and use it to make a difference. Your extracurricular activities list does not have to be a mile long, but it does have to be meaningful and legitimate! Know your passion, couple it with your potential
PSAT, SAT II AND AP EXAMS Begin to prepare for the PSAT and if you can enroll an a SAT prep course, do so! If you are ahead of the game and can take the SAT II or AP Exams, do so! Remember success in these areas will not only save you money, they may very well help you earn scholarship money. Do what you can now, without pressuring yourself, to make it easier for your future.