Get some guidance
Meet with a school or community program counselor to discuss your higher education, career and personal goals for the future and write out a plan for academic and extracurricular success.
Select the right classes
Use this year to really identify your strengths and weaknesses in different subjects. Check out Khan Academy for subject-specific help.
Join school or community groups, clubs, or teams you're interested in.
Even in your freshman year, your academic performance is important. College may seem like a distant goal, but your grades from each year of high school will impact your overall GPA and class rank.
Talk to your parents or guardians about paying for college. Click here to review our Financial Literacy Resources . Start or continue to add to a savings plan.
SPRING / SUMMER
Start documenting your academic, extracurricular and community service achievement and awards. Save this list and add to it as you progress through high school. This will be a big time-saver when completing college applications and creating a resume.
Start a list of schools you’re interested in and request to be added to their mailing lists.
Volunteer, get a job or sign up for an enrichment program during the summer. Click here to see UC San Diego Youth Camps and Enrichment Programs. If you aren't in San Diego, there may be similar opportunities near you.
Read and Write
Both skills are very important and require consistent practice, no matter your chosen field.