Make sure to participate in a few extracurricular
activities, but remember, not at the expense of your grade point average.
Now is the time to start gathering information
about school types and attending college fairs and other activities that will
help you gain insights. If your family is planning to take a vacation time at
this time of year, try to visit a few college campuses as part of a family trip.
Start to plan your Junior year. Meet with your
Guidance Counselor and make sure that your schedule will include courses
necessary for admission to the schools of your choice. Also determine how many
advance placement classes would benefit you.
Sit down with your parents and start determining
how much financial aid you will need. This might be a good time to take an SAT
II Subject Test in a subject you have completed.
Don’t just sit home. Do volunteer work, or go to
summer school. Start preparing for the PSAT.