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Krys Van Kirk
Freshman and Sophomore year is big for heading to College. Some colleges require certain classes, sign up for classes. Talk to your school counselor and ask her about college course classes. That's the best you can do to prepare and get ready for college.
Freshman or sophomore year is crucial for maintaining your GPA and test score averages. It is also the time to explore what you like and do not like in classes which will lead you to chose a specific major in college. Always try to use your summers in high school to complete programs at different colleges and universities.
Yes, you should have your ACT finished by 11th grade and you should be reading books about colleges and studying the job market. Do not major in political science or any Liberal Arts course unless you plan on going to law school. Nevertheless, major in something that will pay off in the long run and something you will enjoy doing, such as, a business or job you wouldn't mine doing for free. College is not always the right route, because a lot of times you would be better off paying 200 dollars to get your license in something and make good money that way, such as, real estate, insurance, or barber and so forth.
Unfortunately education today cannot keep up with the changes in the market place. You really need to be looking at developing the soft skills that pay the hard cash.
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Start planning soon. Ask your counselors for help in filling out financial aid forms or meet up with a college campus advisor. Get involved in volunteering or sports because that would help you get scholarships. Try to get teachers, counselors, etc., to be your reference.
Now, is good as you decide what you want to do. Look at what you are good at school academically. And then what you really like doing. See if you can find some common grounds. Read up on the jobs that might appeal to you and see if you can align your curriculum to fit that into college. Try a few options. All keep a second or third option. Good Luck.
Saif Samy Amer
Well as im in high school aswell but i asked the same question and it turned out that i should have prepared since i was on my last year of middle school but believe me you should start worrying about it from now if you dont you will have a hard time dealing with ur life later on
Sun Young Yoon
I am in UC San Diego. I was transfered from Santa Monica College in 2012 fall.
Hong-wen "william" Yang
As far as preparing for the SAT, you want to start as early as possible. In terms of researching for a "ideal" college of your choice, you might want to start as early as 8th or 9th grade. This will give you a pretty good idea as far as how much (how to finance) the 4 years of the under graduate studies as well as knowing the requirement (grade point average, SAT score, and extract curriculum activities) necessary for the prospective college of your choice.
As Chris said; yesterday. Ideally, when you start the 1st grade.