Review your course loadEven though your high school career is three-quarters complete, you still have a year to make improvements or achieve unfinished goals. Meet with your school counselor to make sure you’ve met or are scheduled to meet all your graduation and college preparation requirements, and take an honest look at your performance to see if there are any areas you need to improve. If you’re on track and pleased with your grades, look into taking AP or college courses to get ahead, arrange an internship, or join some extracurriculars that would round out your experience.
Prepare for the admissions process
Start thinking about financesYou’ll also need to start thinking about how you plan to pay for college. Talk with your parents and ask them to help you fill out the FAFSA. Make sure you’re aware of the deadline: they’re different for each state. Fall is the perfect time to start looking for scholarships you might qualify for. Keep an eye out for opportunities for first-generation college-goers or minorities, local scholarships granted by your school, city, or state, or scholarships specific to athletes, intended major, or people of a certain faith.
Hilary Gan is a professional tutor and contributing writer with Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.