We know itís much too early to start filling out your college applications, but there are some crucial steps that you must take as a freshman to get you ready for college.

Below are a few steps that you want to make sure to complete your freshman year.

1. Meet with your guidance counselor. You should make a habit of meeting with your guidance counselor at
    least once a year. They are a wealth of information! Share with them your thoughts about college, and ask them to
    help you along every step of the way. They may be able to provide you with resources about different colleges,
    and they will make sure you donít miss any crucial classes.
2. Plan your classes wisely! There are certain classes that must be completed in high school in order to
    graduate. Make sure you are on the right track. Also, talk to your guidance counselor about getting into more
    challenging classes, such as AP or honors classes. These classes will look great on a transcript.
3. Start exploring career options.  Try to find careers that match your interests and abilities. Keep your mind
    open to the many different possibilities that are out there.
4. Start exploring schools. Once again, there are countless possibilities. Get familiar with admission
     requirements and what the school would have to offer you.
5. Start getting involved in extracurricular activities. This could possibly help you get accepted to the school of
    your choice (once you eventually make that decision, that is). It can also help you qualify for more scholarships.
6. Study, study, study!!! Colleges will look at your grades. You need to make sure you do your absolute best in all
     your classes.

The things to remember, freshman, are to keep exploring your options and working hard all year long!

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