Advice #1: Develop good study habits.
Knowing how to study well in high school will make things easier for you in college. You’re less likely to burn out and you will already know what works best for you to learn (visual aids, etc.) . Studying is a skill. Lots of times, students who struggle in college do so because they have not developed good study habits since they merely breezed through high school. Don’t let this be you!
Advice #2: Take AP tests seriously.
The tests I would focus on passing are English, Government, and History. Every college student usually has these classes as part of their core curriculum and getting them out of the way through AP credit saves time and money. Research the scores your intended college considers passing so you know how well you need to do.
Advice #3: Learn good time management skills.
This not only applies to high school or college, it applies to life in general. The average student takes about 4-5 classes per semester. It’s always a good idea to be involved in organizations related to your major and to get internships or major-related jobs. Factor these things with studying for exams and completing assignments and it’s obvious why you need good time management skills. Try to develop a good routine and stick to that routine.
Advice #4: Learn how to cook easy, healthy meals.
In college, you’re most likely going to be living away from home and therefore must feed yourself. Lots of students consume take out and fast food due to not knowing how to cook. This leads to “the Freshman Fifteen” (gaining fifteen pounds your freshman year). It’s important to learn how to cook now and save yourself money and extra calories.
Advice #5: Volunteer .
Volunteering has other benefits besides making your college application more well-rounded. A lot of times, you have an idea of what career you want to pursue, so start looking for volunteer opportunities in those fields. This allows you to see what it’s like working in that type of job. Ask to shadow a professional and start building your network. You can also ask these people for a letter of recommendation when you need one .
Advice #6: Keep an updated list of your accomplishments and any organizations or clubs you are involved in.
Lots of college applications and scholarship applications ask for this kind of information. Instead of wasting time trying to remember everything you’ve done in high school, keep an updated list that you can refer to.
Advice #7: Apply to as many scholarships as you can.
You never know who is willing to give you free money that you can use for textbooks, tuition, etc. There are many different kinds of scholarships and it can seem overwhelming when you start looking, but websites like fastweb.com can help make things easier. Every scholarship recipients have one thing in common – they took the time to apply.
Advice #8: Build good relationships with your teachers .
Many universities and scholarship programs ask for letters of recommendations. Some may even have a requirement that at least one come from a teacher. Teachers are more likely to give you a strong, positive recommendation when they know you better and they can see that you work hard.