Get off to a good start with your
grades. The grades you earn in ninth grade will count toward college admission
Explore clubs and activities in and
outside of school that will offer you the chance to develop your unique
interests and abilities and your leadership skills. Consider becoming a volunteer in your community.
Visit your counselor to plan out a
four-year academic plan that will meet college entrance requirements and put
you in the most challenging courses you can handle. If you expect to take Advanced
Placement courses later, you may need to sign up for prerequisites now.
Begin to research careers and talk to
your parents about your interests and goals. Find opportunities to meet people
working in fields that interest you.
Begin looking at the college and career
information available in the counseling center and library. Use the Internet to
check out college websites.
Begin compiling a resume of activities,
honors, leadership positions, and job experience. Continue
with this throughout high school because you will need this information for
college applications and scholarship forms