This post is part two of "Preparing for College: Freshman Year." Read part 1 here.
As we mentioned last time, your freshman year should be used to get comfortable with your new surroundings and set yourself up for success in the long run. Focus on the GPA and Resume aspect of our equation.
Three words: Get good grades. Set a goal early on in the year and evaluate often. Ideally, your goal would be to attain a 4.0 this year but everyone has their own standards of what is realistic. Work closely with your College Guidance counselors to help you choose classes that are challenging and appropriate for your skill level. Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Honors are options you can think about now, and engage in during sophomore year. Challenging courses are more impressive to college admissions officers. Period.
Stay tuned for part 3 of the "Preparing for College: Freshman Year" series.