Love it or hate it, high school will have a huge impact on your future. So do it right. From freshman to senior, here’s a year-by-year road map to help you make the most of some of the most important years of your life.
- Try a wide variety of clubs, sports, and after-school activities, including community service.
- Choose a schedule of classes that matches your academic interest and rigor. You don’t have to be in all advanced classes to achieve success, but it is important that you are challenged.
- Begin keeping a folder of achievements and activities. It’s easy to forget the awards, honors, and achievements you’ve earned over the years, so keep a record that you can refer to when it comes time for college applications.
- Keep reading! Christine VanDeVelde, author of “College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step,” says, “Reading is a priority every year of high school. Read during the school year and over the summer. It will build up vocabulary and make a difference in standardized testing and class grades.”
- Apply for scholarships throughout high school (and college).