Preparing for College
The high school years can be busy. You will get a feel for it starting from middle school. Your priorities will be stretched between keeping good grades, participating in extra-curricular activities, focusing on exam prep, and making your mind about what career is best for you.
Having a well-thought plan will help you stay focused and concentrate on the efforts that boost your college prep. Here is the simple checklist you can follow without getting overwhelmed for your college prep.
College Prep Checklist
Middle School or Junior High
- Start thinking about college as an essential part of your future. Discuss your thoughts and ideas with your family and with people at school.
- Take challenging and exciting classes to prepare for high school. Research which high schools or special programs will most benefit your interests.
- Do your best in school and on standardized tests.
- Become involved in school- or community-based activities.
- Learn more about careers options. Speak with adults, such as your teacher, school counselor or librarian, relatives, or family friends, who you think have interesting jobs.
Activities for freshmen years
- Take challenging courses. Colleges take a close look at your transcripts, not just your GPA. They want to know if you took the most challenging classes your school offered. Would you contribute to the intellectual environment in college, or go with what is easy? Colleges look for applicants that will actively participate in and improve the campus community. Choice of extra-curricular activities follows the same rule. Rigorous activities like Community Service, Boys and Girls Club, and Science Club will help a college appreciate your energy.
- Get involved in community and leadership activities. Leadership experience in taking actions to completion is valued more than having the list of activity participation. It is essential to stick to your extra-curricular activities. The commitment you make to your activities indicates the commitment you will make to the campus organizations you join.
- Plan your curriculum to meet graduation requirements. Work with your school counselor to create a yearly schedule of your academic activities. Create balance place to maintain a nice pace of activities. Most colleges require four years of English, at least three years of social studies (history, civics, geography, economics, etc.), three years of math, and three years of science. Many require two years of a foreign language. Add value by classes in computer science and the arts.
- Learn about Advanced Placement courses. Talk to your school counselor or teachers . Find out what courses are available, whether you are eligible, and how to enroll in them.
- Prepare list of your achievements. Keep running list of your awards, honors, extracurricular activities, and paid and volunteer work.
- Get involved in activities if you haven’t done so far. Participate in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts, or science.