How to Prepare

Middle School

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In middle school, you’re still years away from the college application process. Things like entrance exams and college essays should be far from your mind. Instead, middle school is a time to focus on learning – not just about your subjects in school, but also about yourself.

While middle school is far too early to think about applying to college, it’s not too early to acknowledge college as important part of your future. Believe it or not, your answers to the following questions will actually pave the way towards your journey to college:

Question One

What classes interest you?

Question Two

What are your favorite after-school activities?

Question Three

What do you enjoy doing on the weekends?

By the time you apply to college, you’ll need a general understanding of what you want to study and the type of environment (and people) you want to be surrounded by. The earlier you get a sense of what excites you – from your academic interests to your hobbies – the better prepared you’ll be.

Middle School is about learning. It’s about absorbing knowledge and enriching your mind both academically and socially – all while developing skills and study habits that will prepare you for high school, college and beyond.

Here are some ways to ensure that when the time comes to apply to college, you’ll be ready:

Read.

Whether you choose books, blogs, magazines, or newspapers, reading is a great way to exercise your brain and introduce yourself to new areas of interest while furthering your vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Study.

Work hard in school and do the best you can on standardized tests. If you’re having trouble, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are teachers, tutors and mentors who can work with you to achieve success.

Get involved.

From volunteerism, to athletics, to acting, to art – whatever you enjoy doing, keep doing it. Extracurricular activities are not about strengthening your résumé; they’re about exploring your curiosities and learning something new.

Ask career-minded questions.

Talk to your teachers, your relatives, or your family friends; ask them where they went to college, what they liked about it, and how it guided their career. This will help you discover potential fields and majors of interest.