What Can a Freshman Do Now to Help their College Opportunities?

high school freshmen

Now that you have transitioned from middle school into high school, it is a good time to begin thinking about your plans for after high school graduation. While graduation is still far away, there are many ways that you can begin preparing yourself for the next step and start putting college in your future.

Explore majors and programs

In college, there are a lot of different areas of study and education tracks that you can choose to take. Now is the perfect time to begin exploring various majors and programs that interest you. There is plenty of time for you to change your mind and choose a different area of study, but if you start thinking about this early on, you are going to have a better chance of finding what best fits you.

Develop study habits

As you move into your freshman year, you’ll likely see an increased amount of work now that you are in high school. This is the ideal time to develop good study habits and to learn how to properly manage your time. If you develop these skills early on in your high school career, you will be more prepared for college.

Talk to trusted adults

There are so many people around you who have made the decisions that you will soon have to make about postgraduate plans. Ask your parents, school counselors, teachers and coaches about all the options you have and how you can prepare to achieve your goals. Talking to these people could help you discover options that you never knew existed.

Open a college savings account

While preparing mentally and academically for college are both so important, you should not neglect your financial preparation. Talk with your family about the costs and how you will pay for college.

Remember that it’s not too late for your parents or another adult to open a college savings account and add to it bit-by-bit. Doing so will benefit you and your family when you get to enrollment time.

Research schools of interest

Once you have begun to think about what you would like to study, it is a perfect time to begin researching schools that interest you. There are a lot of different options when it comes to where you will attend school. Begin looking through the different to determine what you are looking for when it comes to higher education.

Take challenging courses.

There are a lot of different courses that you can take now that you are in high school. You can explore new topics of interest and levels of classes. Try to take some classes that challenge you, like career preparation or honors-level courses. These can help to prepare you for the academic rigor of college. AP courses can also, potentially, lead to some college credit to get you ahead on your college course load.

Create a CFNC.org account.

As you progress through high school, the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) website provides tools and resources that you’ll need for planning, applying and paying for college. Create an account as a freshman so that you can keep track of your achievements during high school and be prepared when the time comes to apply to college.

While it may seem like college is still very far away, it is not too early to begin thinking about your plans. There are many different options and paths from which you can choose, so taking the appropriate time to figure out the best option for you will benefit you when you get closer to graduation.