You’re close enough now to sense the excitement of graduating high school! My how time has flown, and believe me it will only fly by faster next year. High school is like a box of chocolates, it’s full of surprises and gone before you know it. Keep your eyes on the prize and keep working towards that goal of graduating and pursuing your dreams after high school.
Things to Remember:
-You need to take the ACT at least once this year. Some of you will qualify for a fee waiver which means you can take it for FREE! Don’t wait until next year to take this test. For those of you wanting to go to college, you need a solid ACT score before the spring semester of your senior year. It really helps to take the ACT during your Junior year so you have an idea of the areas in which you might need a little extra improvement.
-If you are interested in becoming a National Merit scholar (which means you will get $$$ for college), this is the year for you to take the PSAT as well. If you are interested, you need to sign up in my office by Thursday, Sept. 17th! The test will be given on October 13, 2015.
-You GRADES and the RIGOR of the classes you are taking are very important right now. Your GPA plays a huge part in determining what scholarships you are eligible for, whether or not you can play sports at the college, and what types of technical programs will accept you. Now is NOT the time to slack off. The rigor of the classes you are taking is a huge determinant of how you will do in college. Take that hard math or science class…it will pay off in a couple of years!
-You need to be involved in extracurricular activities and community service projects. So often, scholarship requirements make mention of leadership skills, volunteer hours, and club activities. Having your arsenal full of these things will help boost your opportunities of gaining more and more scholarships and financial aid. You are going to need a resume by next year as well, so make sure you are keeping up with your clubs, awards, church ministries, jobs, etc. If you’re serious about getting into a good college or getting a good job after high school, this is MANDATORY!
Don’t let other people undermine your success. The choices you make in high school have far-reaching effects. It’s your future, your life.