It may seem early to start thinking about getting ready for college, but it really isn't - important groundwork should take place in ninth grade. Here is a list to help you:
*CREATE A FOUR-YEAR HIGH SCHOOL PLAN - Once you are settled into ninth grade, prepare an overall plan for high school that relates to your goals.
-Make sure your courses are on the right track.
-Map out your courses over four years.
-Familiarize yourself with the various levels of courses offered.
*START THINKING ABOUT CAREERS-Develop a tentative career goal. Of course it will change - often - but it is the thought process that counts.
-Identify your interests-likes and dislikes-not just academics but in all areas. This will help you focus on your goals.
-Discuss career options with others, such as the school counselor, teachers, recent college graduates who are working, professionals in the community, etc.
*EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES-Get involved. Take part in a sport, school club, music or drama group, volunteer in your community.
*MEET WITH THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR-Your school counselors know how to help you get the most out of high school. Discuss your post-highschool plans with your counselor and map out courses to take during the rest of high school. Your parents/guardians should also be part of this meeting.
*SAVE FOR COLLEGE-It is not too late to start a college savings plan, if you haven't already. Every little bit helps!