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 It's never too early to start thinking about college and what you want to do after you graduate from high school.  College planning starts early.  Now is the time to start perfecting your skills as a student.  So what should you do now to prepare for college?
  1. Develop good study habits.  Your ETS advisor can help you with this. Stop by their office to learn how to effectively study.  You can learn to study smart and spend less time doing it if you know what and how to focus your study habits.  Watch this video - it has some great suggestions.
  2. Turn your work in on time!  This is difficult, especially for middle school students.  Learn to meet deadlines and don't procrastinate.  Turning work in on time will not only help you get a better grade but it will help you develop the worthy habit of being able to meet deadlines.
  3. Take challenging classes.  Generally challenging classes are AP or concurrent enrollment classes but did you know that taking the right amount of core classes can also be considered challenging?  You need 4 years of English, 4 years of Math, 3 years of Social Science, 3 years of Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) and 2 years of World Language.  If some of the core classes are AP or concurrent classes that's even better!  Taking the right classes can help you pay for college too.  Download the Regents' Scholarship Planning Guide to getting started. 
  4. Get involved in extracurricular activities at school and outside of class.  Join a club, volunteer, help old ladies walk across the street!  Just make sure that you are getting involved and contributing to whatever club or organization and your community.
  5. Start thinking about what you want out of college or if you even want to go.  Decide who will help you get there and why you want to go.  Think about what college can do for you and come up with a plan on how your going to get there.  Check out Step Up Utah for a grade by grade check list of things that you can do to get started. 

Don't forget!  Santa can't just deliver a college degree but your ETS advisor is there to help guide you through the process.  Stop by their office to say hi and tell them about the path you plan to take to college.