Preparing for College: Opportunities
It is extremely important to take advantage of every possible opportunity. High school is a time to build up your resume for college. Well, what do colleges look at? They will look at your awards, community service, community involvement, classes, and other extracurricular activities.
By your Sophomore year in high school, you get more and more leeway to choose the kind of classes you want to take. Challenge yourself! Take classes that will increase your knowledge such as honors or AP courses. This will show colleges that you challenge yourself and are not afraid to try new things! However, if you know that you will not be able to do it, don’t. It will only lower your GPA. You can always try it for a few weeks and see what you think. In the long run, it will be well worth your time and money. If you pass an AP test, most of the time, it counts as a college credit!
Awards and honors are fairly essential as well. This shows the college how serious you are in your academics. Getting good grades shows that you are a knowledgeable student, but only those who are dedicated and hard working will receive recognition. These are the type of people colleges look for. They want those who are dedicated to learning and who try to do their best. It really does show in your transcripts.
Community service and involvement shows compassion and care for change. This may seem like something that only your high school requires to graduate, but it goes way beyond that. Colleges are actually very interested in your involvement with the community. Serving helps with self-discovery and helps a student learn how to be productive. It is valuable in teaching teamwork, problem solving, and following orders. You also create relationships with those in your community who could help you later on in life. You can even get scholarships through community service!
“Extracurricular activities” is a very broad label. In this, category we can put sports, orchestra, bands, art, drama, and clubs. Involvement shows a well-rounded personality. Taking part in such programs will teach you time management, commitment, and social skills. This shows that you can take part in something and be committed. These are important attributes for life in general – which college is helping you prepare for. Most colleges have clubs and organizations that they want students to take part in. These, however, are a step above those of high school because these actually prepare you for life. Some give you job opportunities, and others allow you to take a break from your studies.
What other opportunities can you think of? Let us know in the comments below!