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Chapter 1 – As A Freshman You Can…
As a freshman in high school, you may just be getting used to the idea of being in high school, but you should also start thinking about your college career. It may seem like a lot of pressure, but today’s academic environment is very competitive, so it’s a good idea to get ahead start.
The focus of your freshman year should be on laying the groundwork for what is to come. You will need to plan out your curriculum so it meets the standards of most colleges, stay in touch with your teachers, counselors and parents and try to become an involved student.
Now, without further adieu, let us begin the ways you can prepare for college during your freshman year.
Chapter 5 Plan Your High School Curriculum
You can’t wait to decide the classes you’ll take your senior year until your senior year. Since many colleges have stringent curriculum requirements for high school students, you need to plan ahead in order to stay in the game.
For instance, many colleges require three years of a foreign language. If you do not begin this track in either your freshman or sophomore year, you’ll be unable to attend that college!
It’s imperative that you find out the courses available to you and pick those you need as well as those that interest you. College administrators like to see a diverse, well-rounded student with many interests and your class schedule should reflect this.
It is also advisable to take the hardest course load you can handle. College administrators also like to see that you are up for the challenging course load you will be expected to complete during college. Taking honors classes shows that you are, indeed, up for this challenge. Plus, you have the advantage of being thoroughly prepared for college level courses after taking a rigorous high school curriculum.
You can expect to have to take courses like the following:
English: Consists of courses like Composition, Creative Writing, American Literature and English Literature. You will need four years of English courses.
History: Consists of courses like U.S. History, World History, and Geography. You will need two years of History courses*.
Government and Economics: Consists of courses like U.S. Government, Civics and Economics. You will need one to two years of Government courses.
Math: Consists of courses like Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Calculus. You will need three to four years of Math courses.
Science: Consists of courses like Biology, Chemistry and Physics. You will need two to three years of Science courses.
Foreign Language: Consists of courses like Spanish, French and German. You will need two to three years of Language courses.
Electives: Consists of courses such as Art, Psychology and Music. You will need one to three years of Electives courses.
*Note: Each college has its own admissions requirements. Be sure to talk to a counselor about individual college requirements to ensure you take the proper courses throughout your high school education.
2. Discuss the next four years with your counselor
Don’t let your freshman year pass by without seeing a counselor. It may be a dreaded activity to you to schedule an appointment and sit down to discuss your future, but you’ll be glad you did.
Nothing impresses a guidance counselor more than a student that is prepared. By visiting them during your freshman year, you show initiative and a real drive to obtain a quality education.
If you have questions, be sure to write them down before you go into see the counselor. This also shows that you are thinking about your future and not just when you are asked about it. This sort of drive shows counselors that you care and will really pay off come time you need a recommendation letter.
Also, make an effort to let your counselor know who you are. While they attempt to get to know all of their students, counselors see many students each day and it can be hard to keep track of them all. Make yourself stand out by sharing your interests, your summer plans and goals. When it comes time to ask for a recommendation letter, your counselor will have a wealth of information to work from. A generic letter is far less impressive than one with personal touches.
It is also a good idea to bring along a notepad to your appointment. You’ll probably want to take a lot of notes. Keeping track of what your counselor says allows you to make better use of the time you spend together. You can better prepare yourself and come up with more detailed questions if you keep a record of the information you’ve already obtained.
3. Join clubs and extracurricular activities
Completing your high school education with a 4.0 GPA is impressive, but not as impressive as doing so while in a club or as a member of a sports team. Colleges look at what you do with your time outside of the classroom as well. Being a diligent student is one thing, but do you manage your time well?
To put yourself above other college applicants, you can join a club during your freshman year. Many high schools offer a wide range of activities and clubs to join, everything from foreign language club to golf.
It may be difficult to balance your new high school curriculum and activities, but it can be done. It just takes a bit of discipline.
To stay on track try making a to-do list for everyday or buy a planner. Write down all of the things you absolutely must get done for each day in priority order. Many people also find it beneficial to keep track of the amount of time it will take to complete each item on the list. You can stay ahead in school and be involved on campus. It will just take some adjusting at first.