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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.

FRESH­MEN

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.

SOPHO­MORES

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.

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