How to Prepare for College in the 10th Grade

on August 1, 2016

1. Take your classes seriously. Your GPA is one of the most important factors colleges consider when evaluating your application. Although junior year is the most important in high school, it’s much easier to impress colleges if you have solid grades your freshman and sophomore years and demonstrate steady improvement.

2. Now is the time to start planning for your future. You should begin building relationships with your teachers. They will be able to help you decide which colleges are the right fit for you, as well as write letters of recommendation for college applications and scholarships.

3. If you haven’t gotten involved with clubs, sports or organizations at your high school, now is the time to do so. Perfect grades and test scores aren’t enough to nab a college’s attention — you have to stand out. If you’re just getting started, think about what you’re passionate about and join activities that fall in line with that. Extracurriculars are a great way to boost a college application.  Remember, depth matters more than breadth. It is better to pursue a few activities well than to be a joiner.

4. You need to make sure your schedule for junior year is stacked with impressive classes. You will schedule your junior classes as a sophomore. Honors or Advanced Placement (AP) classes impress colleges. Take a challenging course load but don’t forget to balance it out so you’re not overwhelmed.

5. If you haven’t already started, now is the time to look for scholarships. This will help you reduce the amount of money you need to borrow for college. Remember, scholarships are free money for college. You can get a jumpstart on your scholarship hunt by signing up for a Cappex account. Cappex will match you with relevant scholarships across the country.

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