- Prepare for a HUGE year. This is your most important year - it's the last year of grades that will show up on your college application when you apply next fall.
- Take the most challenging classes you can, especially AP classes! If you want to major in science or engineering, take advanced math classes and AP science classes. If you are interested in business, take advanced math and psychology. And if law school is in your future, sign up for AP history and AP government.
- Focus, focus, focus. You may have a driver's license, a part-time job, and all kinds of fun new privileges. But remember -- this is your big chance to get into the college of your dreams. Limit time with people who distract you from your goals and surround yourself with friends who support you in making good decisions.
- Find a mentor, like a tutor, teacher, or guidance counselor, who can help you develop a study schedule and stay organized this year.
- Continue working with a tutor as often as possible -- the classes you take this year will be really tough!
- Start prepping for the ACT or SAT 2-3 months before you plan on taking the test the first time.
- Take on leadership roles in organizations you are in.
- Spend time getting to know your teachers this year, especially in hard classes or classes you really enjoy. Come in after school a few times a month to go over tests or just ask a quick question about the material. Be sure your teachers see how interested you are in the subject matter. Discuss your goals with them and any struggles you're facing. You may need a few letters of recommendation for your college applications a year from now -- establishing a relationship with your teachers now will help them write a thoughtful, sincere letter that can help your chances of getting admitted to your favorite college.
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