Decide you want to go to college.
Explore your reasons for wanting to go to college and make a pledge to go. Is it for a career you’ll love, to expand your horizons, give back to your community, to challenge yourself or for a better life – or something else? Tell your family and friends that you plan to go, and ask for advice on how to get there.
TALK TO YOUR
This is the time to start discussing how to pay for college. Have a realistic discussion of what your family can spend in savings and income and what loans they can take on. There’s also financial assistance and scholarships, and you can start looking into those. If you have a summer job, start saving.
WRITING AND READ EVERY DAY.
Start a journal or a blog. It’s good practice for school papers and college essays. Reading and writing everyday helps to explore your thoughts and ideas, and discover new ways of looking at things.
AND KEEP A RECORD OF YOUR ACTIVITIES.
Find something you like to do and join a club or group (or start one). Keep track of all those extracurricular activities including sports, clubs, hobbies, volunteering, even awards and honors. This will make it easier when you fill out college applications later.
TAKE CHALLENGING COURSES
Take honors or advanced courses when you can. Colleges care not only just about your grades, but what classes you took as well. They will notice when you take AP courses – and, as an added bonus, AP courses might give you college credit.
TALK TO YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR.
Your school counselor is a great resource for figuring out the college application process and what you can be doing now. Discuss your interest and goals with your counselor and he or she should be able to help you find classes, colleges and career paths that are a good fit for you.