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Your 9th Grade Freshman Year

When you become a freshman, everything begins to “count.” All of your freshman current-college-studentcourses, grades and credits will be on your transcript and your freshman grades will be used in determining your GPA that you will use to get into college. Your activities and honors can also be reported on your transcript. So now what?

Work hard and get good grades. Set academic goals. Hopefully you worked hard in middle school and you are enrolled in good high school courses. Work at your classes everyday. It is much easier to keep up than it is to catch up.

Become involved in activities. Most colleges and universities like to see a well-rounded student who is involved in clubs and athletics. Take a leadership role in your organization. This will be important and you can use this on your high school “resume.” Stick with the activity as it is more impressive to say you were involved for all four years. It looks good to say you are involved in activities outside of school also. Join scouting or be involved in your church youth group. Just BE INVOVLED.

During your freshman year, start keeping a log of your accomplishments. List you awards and honors as well as unique educational experiences. You may think you will remember all of them but you won’t. Start writing them down and you will be surprised how quickly your list will grow. You will be able to use them on college and scholarship applications.

Also during your freshman year you will be able to select appropriate 10th grade courses. Review your high school plan with your counselor and parents. After your freshman year, get involved in good summer activities. Go to team camps, develop a hobby, take a course or volunteer at non=profit center.

© 2013 Roger D. Chamberlain

Roger Chamberlain
Roger Chamberlain works for a university helping low income and under represented high school students prepare for and be successful in college.
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