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What should I accomplish junior year of high school in order to secure a good college?

I plan to be a first-gen grad in the U.S.- because of this, I don't know who to ask question about stuff like this. What should I try to accomplish my junior year?

Thank you comment icon Hi Anita: You asked: "What should I accomplish in junior year of high school to secure a good college?" Many have been stated about students maintaining a good GPA, particularly when you're a senior in high school. Despite the widespread notion that this is the essential element in college acceptance, there are additional aspects to consider: (A) What type of degree do you wish to pursue? (B) How long do you want to attend college? (C)What is your degree of comfort when you are away from home versus home? (D ) How are you going to pay for your studies? (E) Will your relatives be able to assist you? (F)It's important to get good marks, but it's also essential to find out what drives or makes you happy. (G)You can tailor your schoolwork and social activities to your desired professional interests when joining school clubs. I) As with anything else in life, you must be accountable for how you use the internet, Facebook, and other social media platforms. (G) Your academic power will be matched by indefinable, exceptional writing and reading skills. Try your best to write many times and be a good listener to others. (H) Make a habit of going to libraries and studying there. (I) It's also an advantage if you have a spotless police record! (J)Finally, once you've decided what you want to study, find a mentor in that subject, and follow their advice. (K)Finally, your affiliations and volunteer activity are highly valued when applying to colleges. And, as with anything else in life, you must be accountable for how you use the internet, Facebook, and other social media platforms. In conclusion, enjoy school every day at school and learn as much as you can without burdens, and meet new students and teachers no matter which institution you are attending! Because others have done it before you, this time it's your turn thing around for the best of you!. Don't allow anything to get in the way of your success! Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abuZB7wzs14 The CT NEW HAVEN FBI has a summer program that you maybe be interested in calling them. FBI New Haven is accepting applications for the 2022 Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA) program. New Haven 2022 FLEYA application New Haven FLEYA FAQs Yvette Ghannam, MA, MS, Ph.D.
Thank you comment icon Hey Anita! I'd say start considering majors you might want to study in college, by taking classes in a variety of subjects and pursuing different extracurriculars in areas of interest. More logistically, make sure to stay on top of the standardized tests required for the colleges you're interested in (SAT, SAT subject, ACT, AP). If it helps you, create a long-term schedule to make sure you're on track. If you have friends who are seniors or in college, ask for their advice and things they wish they'd done differently junior year. Teachers and counselors might be good sources for these questions too. Good luck! Marlowe
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Gerardo’s Answer

Great question! I think you should try to be active in organizations your junior and senior year of highschool. Alot of college admission applications ask you to write essays on experiences you have that make you a good candidate for their college. It is always good to have good grades, but it helps to be a well rounded student. Also start to research different colleges and degree plans you may be interested in. It is always great if you can visit a college and get a tour and information about their curriculum. This will make you choosing a college easier.
Thank you comment icon I will consider this, thank you! Anita
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Sammy’s Answer

Great question, and I think you are on the right track. the college admissions usually look into those areas -- GPA, class rank, Standard tests (ACT, SAT, etc.), Volunteer hours, Leadership, Recommendations (English, Math/Science teachers, and Counselor). You can prioritize the action items, and be good with time management. Hope this helps.
Thank you comment icon I see, thank you! Anita
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Alissa’s Answer

HI Anita
It is great that you are looking to your success in the future. From a resource perspective, the school should have a student advisor team that focuses on college prep, I would talk to the school office. Additionally as you plan for college, you want to look at colleges that specialize in the area of focus you want to get into. Then reach out to these colleges as they have administrative offices that can also provide guidance. Sammy is right in his list of things to focus on. Most importantly focus on your learning, as the things you learn through both school, volunteering, work etc good bad or indifferent will help you in your future.
Thank you comment icon This is great, thank you! Anita
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Madi’s Answer

Hi Anita,

There are a few things to do during your junior year of college to secure your acceptance into good programs. Firstly, you want to maintain a satisfactory GPA. Different schools have different targets. When you look at schools on your list, be sure to read about their GPA requirement. Secondly, you want to achieve a good score on the SAT. Again, different schools have different targets for SAT scores. Thirdly, you want to participate in extracurricular activities like sports, clubs or volunteering. By doing so, you stand out in your application as someone who will bring value to their program.
Thank you comment icon This is perfect, thank you! Anita
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Joanna’s Answer

Fellow first-gen student here! Some of the things you should consider in junior year are the following:

1. PSAT
2. SAT & essay and/or ACT & essay (for schools that require it)
3. Begin thinking about different colleges you are interested in and making a list of their requirements/recommendations/tips to becoming a competitive applicant
4. During the summer once school ends, I also recommend you start on your personal statements for the schools you're interested in. I believe Common App (central application service for private schools) and the UCs schools have the same questions every year, so try brainstorming during the summer to ensure you have time to get feedback on your essays from teachers, close friends/family.
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Priya’s Answer

Hi Anita, it had been a while since I have been in high school so I am no expert, but typically securing good grades in class, on your PSAT and studying for your SATs and/or ACTs (and maybe taking one), as well as exploring college options and their requirements for admissions is on the list. For me, being in the top 10% (ask your school guidance counselor which ranks those are) would help me with admissions, as well as my SAT scores for scholarships. I would also talk to your school guidance counselor about any questions you have too--they are there to help you get ready for your next steps. Also, the internet is your friend and can help you in this way to find what you need to look at and up to date information. Wishing you the best! You are achieving a great thing!
Thank you comment icon I will put this into consideration, thank you! Anita
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