Are you a high school student who is looking into how to prepare for your freshman year of college but who has no clue where to start? Getting ready for this big step in your life can be intimidating! Lucky for you, you’ve found this post! That means that you have the opportunity to learn exactly what you need to do in order to prepare for your freshman year of college in high school. Let’s get started!

You can start preparing for college now! Here's what you can do to prepare for college in high school

Take high school classes seriously

The first thing that you can do in order to prepare for college in high school is to take your high school classes seriously. Yes, I know that high school classes can get boring. The long hours, five days a week, ten months out of the year can get old pretty fast. I know it can feel like your high school classes are completely irrelevant to how you want to spend the rest of your life. However, it is so important to continue to work hard in high school. Why you ask? Because colleges look at your high school grades! These grades are also important when you are applying for those freshman year scholarships. I want to encourage you to continue to work hard in your high school classes no matter how unmotivated you feel. These classes are important, and I know you can do it!

Take the ACT

Once you have decided that you are going to attend college after you graduate high school, you need to begin to study for and take the ACT. Be sure to actually invest time in studying for your ACT because this test is very important for your college acceptance as well as your chances of wining college scholarships. I know that this test costs money for most students, but I want to encourage you to take the ACT a minimum of two times since it is such a deciding factor in many scholarship applications. If you are wanting to study properly for the ACT, I encourage you to find an ACT prep book online, at your high school, or even at your public library.

Choose challenging classes in your future field of study

If you attend a high school where you are allowed to choose which classes you take, be sure to pick classes in your future field of study. This help you to be more certain of what career path you want to take, and you will have a great foundation for the harder classes that you will take in college. By taking these classes early, you will also be able to form effective study habits that will help you throughout your entire college career.

Decide on a college

Near the beginning of your senior year of high school, it’s time to start thinking about which college you will be attending. Finding the right college is very important for your well-being and your future. Some of the things that you should consider when choosing a college include the size of the campus, distance from your home, tuition cost, availability of your desired major, and if you can see yourself there! Be sure that you are asking for your parents advice on this huge choice. They know more about you than anyone else and will help you choose what is best for you. Also, make sure to visit each campus and talk to current college students to get a better idea of what each one is like.

Begin applying for scholarships

Once December of your senior year of high school rolls around, it’s time for you to start looking into college scholarships! I know the semester doesn’t start until August, but often scholarship deadlines are much earlier so you should start the scholarship search as soon as possible! I know applying for college scholarships the first time can be extremely overwhelming. So, here are a few tips to help you find scholarships that work for you.

First, I want you to make a note of scholarships offered only to your students attending your college as you will have a much higher chance of being selected for these smaller scholarships compared to nationwide scholarships. Then, I want you to write down things that make you unique. Once you have these written, start googling “college scholarships for..(insert each of your unique qualities), and apply for as many scholarships as you can.

I hope you enjoyed learning about these five ways you can prepare for your freshman year of college in high school. I know college is a big step, and I want to help you get ready! Want more help preparing for your freshman year of college? I have the perfect thing for you! I recently created a 100% free mini freshman year prep course designed to help guide you into your freshman year of college. You can check out this free mini freshman year prep course right here! I look forward to seeing you in the course!

unnamedSamantha is the founder of AsLifeGrows.com, where she teaches students just like you everything they need to know to have a successful college experience. Through her posts, weekly newsletter, and courses, she has helped thousands of students become more successful in college. During the past few years of college, she has been able to earn a 3.8 GPA, make great friends, and have an amazing college career (all without getting grey hairs!) Now, she is here to teach you how you can reach your own level of success!

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