Freshman Year  

  • Enroll in a college preparatory curriculum. 
  • Study hard and do well in school. - From now on your grades will count towardcollege and will show up on your permanent record 
  • When possible, write papers, do projects, etc. about college. 
  • Enter essay, speech contests, science fairs/contests for scholarships and awards. 
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities.  
  • Volunteer in your community. 
  • Explore careers and job opportunities in those careers. 
  • Talk to your parents and your friends’ parents about what they do.  
  • Get to know your high school counselor (the College or Senior Counselor) and let them get to know you and your goals, career aspirations, schools you are considering, etc. Your parents may want to go along too.
  • Start to attend events on college campuses (plays, concerts, sporting events, activities related to your major, etc.) 
  • Talk to your friends about what they plan to do after college.