Freshmen Year Action Plan

Plan for the Year Ahead

Meet with your counselor to discuss your future plans.

Review your schedule to make sure you are enrolled in challenging courses that will help you prepare for college.

Start a calender with important dates and deadlines. Get Organized!

Get involved with extra curricular activities.

Start to explore your interests with an eye on possible future careers or majors.  

Develop habits now that will help you succeed.

Find a quiet place to study where you won't be interrupted. Is it just too noisy at home? Ask your family or a teacher to help you find a place to study.

Plan a daily homework schedule and stick to it. Do more than is required.

Attend school daily and on-time! Successful students often have excellent attendance!

Use your local library. If you don't have a library card now, ask the librarian for one. They're free.

Read newspapers and magazines. Talk with your family and friends about what you read.

Look up words you don't know in the dictionary. Then use your new words in writing and talking.

Talk with your family about career plans and what you want to do in the future. 

Your high school years may be the most important ones you'll spend in school!

For the first time you'll have lots of choices to make about what you study. It's important to know that the choices you make for 9th grade--as well as 10th, 11th and 12th--will affect the choices you'll have for the rest of your life. No matter what you dream of doing with your life, preparing yourself for more education beyond high school is your wisest plan right now. Post-high school education can provide valuable experiences that contribute to a better quality of life for you. Whether or not you go on to a college or university or career or technical school, the information and skills you learn in your high school classes will always be useful in the world of work.  

Right now you may not know what you want to do with your future-- or exactly how to get ready for it.

That's okay! You have plenty of time to figure out what interests you, what you're good at, and how those things add up to a career. The most important thing to do right now is make sure you keep your options open.