College seems so far away, so why think about it now? Several reasons:
- Keep Your Grades Up:
your grades during your Freshman to Senior years will determine whether you qualify for some schools or not. Academic scores do count. It is important to develop good study and management skills.
- Take the Right Courses:
many colleges require completion of academic courses in math, science, English, etc. Now is the time to find out what is required so that you can plan the course structure for your sophomore through senior years.
- Get acquainted with your high school guidance counselor:
they can help you design an academic plan through high school.
- Plan Your Finances:
colleges don't come cheap, so what is your financial plan? Preparing yourself now by saving and working summer jobs can help defray some of the costs.
- Prepare to take College Entrance Exams:
most colleges require entrance exams, usually referred to as that SAT and/or ACT. You should begin thinking about those exams and prepare yourself for taking them during your Junior year.