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Planning for College Tips and Advice Guide

By UniversityHQ

Get Ahead of the Game – Early High School Preparation for College

The best time to prepare for college is during your high school years. In fact, a college that accepts you, a scholarship that awards you, and a company that employs you, will all take into account what you did during high school. For example, colleges mostly look at your grades; most scholarships seek to award those with extracurricular activities, community involvement, and leadership skills; while employers will take all the above into consideration.

Therefore, the sooner you start, the better your chances are of getting into the college of your choice, with a nice scholarship award, and then landing your dream job.

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Of course, getting good grades is usually considered the most important part of going to school. However, in high school, it is also important to show your involvement in other activities where, not only will you make new friends, but you will have a lot of fun too.

Things to consider:

  • Volunteering
  • Fundraising
  • Tutoring
  • Participating in Community Programs
  • Joining School Groups and Clubs
  • Taking Part in Extracurricular Activities

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Consider Extracurricular Activities

During your time at school, you will have plenty of opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities such as music, sports, drama, community service programs, volunteer work, and personal development. Being involved in such activities will benefit you greatly and can especially make your college and scholarship applications stand out from the rest. The following are some of the many benefits extracurricular activity involvement can provide:

  • Social Opportunities
  • Stand-Out College Applications
  • Great-looking Resume
  • Making New Friends
  • Gives you a productive break from study

Some possibilities to consider:

  • Become a student rep or a prefect
  • Join a sports team
  • Community service & volunteer work
  • Peer mentoring
  • Performing arts, music, & drama
  • Student government
  • Academic Teams and clubs
  • The debate team
  • Internships
  • Culture clubs
  • The student newspaper
  • A part-time job

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