17 Create an Activities Record Startan“ActivitiesRecord”duringyourchild’sfreshmanyear. Include all school and community activities, honors, awards, unique experi- ences, leadership positions, volunteer work, and employment. Work with your child to update this record regularly. This information will be very helpful later when your child needs to list activities, awards, etc. on college and scholarship applications. When a student becomes a freshman, everything starts to “count.” Freshman courses, grades, and credits all become part of a student’s transcript, and freshman grades are used to calculate a student’s GPA. Monitor academic progress Help your child set realistic academic goals each term, and make sure that you see all progress reports and report cards. Don’t just assume that someone will contact you if there’s a problem. Provide encouragement and support, and make sure your child understands that freshman grades are important. Encourage involvement in activities Mostcollegeandscholarshipapplicationsaskstudents to list their high school activities. Many applications also ask for evidence of leadership. Encourage your child to be involved in meaningful activities, and to take a leadership role whenever possible. Depth of involvement (being on the debate or soccer team for four years) is important because it shows focus and commitment. Encourage your child to participate in activities outside of school (e.g., church, scouting, athletics) and to also do some volunteer work. Community service, such as volunteering for an animal shelter, food bank, or charity event is very worthwhile, and it’s impressive on any application. Colleges today value quality over quantity. Encourage your child to find a subject, activity, or hobby that he/she has a real interest in. During the next few years, help your child find ways to develop that interest. 9th Grade Advising Your Freshman