How to Prepare for College in 9th Grade

on August 1, 2016

College preparation starts early. From the first day on campus at your high school, EVERYTHING counts - not only for high school but for college as well. Here's what you do can do make sure your freshman year of high school counts:

1. Take all your courses seriously. If you mess up your grades in 9th grade, it is hard (but not impossible) to bring your GPA up.

2. Make sure your parents have talked to your teachers and counselor about your future in high school and beyond. Make sure you are taking the “right” courses for what you intend to do in the future. If you need extra help in a subject, make sure the teacher is aware, and talk about options. 

3. Check out the extracurricular activities at your high school and in your community. Do not become a member of fifteen clubs. That is not what colleges want. They want you to start off as a member of two or three and be passionate about them. At some point, look into leadership in one of the clubs. Keep a running list of your extracurricular activities for your high school resume.

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5. Have a summer plan (between 9th and 10th grades). You want to do something that will lead to a valuable experience or personal growth. Your summer plan should tap into something you are passionate about.

6. Go over your schedule for sophomore year with your counselor and your parents. Many colleges look at the strength of your schedule and want you to challenge yourself.

7. Work on scholarship applications. 

Barbara DiAlberto has been a College Advisor and Consultant for 18 years, both in the school system and privately. She has helped thousands of students get into college. As the Territory Manager for The Princeton Review, Mrs. DiAlberto is still helping students get into college.

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