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DO join school clubs and sports. This is a great way to get to know more people who you might not see in your classes. Also, this is a great way to meet upperclassmen. When I was a freshman, most of my classes were comprised of only freshmen. But I got to meet a lot of great upperclassmen through clubs and sports.
DO work hard in your classes. Colleges focus a lot on a student’s junior and senior years, but they also look at your freshman and sophomore years. Also, your high school GPA is cumulative, so it’s a good idea to start off strong.
DO enjoy freshman year while it lasts and make the most of it. As a graduating senior, I can tell you (as many of my upperclassmen told me) that school definitely gets harder, especially once you reach junior year. And I wish that I had done more in my freshman year. Enjoy the easier course load and take advantage of it by using some of your spare time to explore possible career paths or to just do something you love.
DO find a club that you are really interested in and would be happy to participate in for multiple years or to become an officer for. If there aren’t really any school organizations that interest you, consider starting one that does. Colleges like to see commitment to and development of your interests.
DON’T stress too much about college yet. You can think about some colleges you might want to go to and look at their requirements and their past student profiles, but don’t worry about college too much yet.
DON’T stress too much about the SAT/ACT yet (unless you really just want to get it out of the way before sophomore or junior year).
Hope this helps. I hope you have a great freshman year!
Assuming this is for high school...
1. Learn to manage time as soon as possible - work immediately begins to pile up so it's better to learn earlier than later
2. Try to get involved! - this can be either through clubs, student gov, sports, etc. (really, do what interests you)
3. This might be a bit cliche but make sure you do your homework, submit assignments on time, create good teacher-student relationships, and participate in class - even though these may be "smaller" elements, teachers still take all of it into consideration
4. Set goals for yourself and stay organized - I think this is self-explanatory :)
5. Try to take courses that might serve as a challenge, but that are not TOO challenging - high school is all about learning how to improve yourself and you skills, so try to step out of your comfort zone!
6. Lastly, remember that freshman year counts - this is not to scare you (haha) but even though college may seem far away, your freshman year grades still count towards your GPA, so try to start your high school career off strong!
These are all the tips I can think of off the top of my head, but I hope this helped and good luck!
I’m a rising junior and one thing I can say is look into “passion projects” there are many videos on YouTube about this topic. It’ll help you navigate what extracurriculars and activities you should do that will make you both stand out in your college applications and you’ll genuinely enjoy. Good luck!! I wish you all the best. Have fun in High-School!!
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