Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3417 Create an Activities Record During your freshman year, start an “Activities Record.” Include all schoolandcommunityactivities,leadershippositions,honors,awards, unique experiences, employment, and volunteer work. Update this record at least once a year. This information will be very helpful later when you need to list your activities and honors on college applications. When you become a freshman, everything starts to “count.” All of your freshman courses, grades, and credits will be on your transcript, and yourfreshmangradeswillbeusedtocalculateyourgradepointaverage. Work hard to get good grades It’s important to get your high school career off to a good start. Set academic goals at the beginning of each grading period and work hard to achieve your goals. Remember, your freshman grades will be on your transcript, and they will also be used to calculate your GPA. Become involved in activities Most college applications ask students to list their high schoolactivities. Manyapplicationsalsoaskforevidence of leadership. Get involved in meaningful activities and take a leadership role whenever possible. Depth of involvement (e.g., being on the debate or soccer team for four years) is also important because it shows focus and commitment. Also participate in activities outside of school (e.g., athletics, church, scout- ing) and 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. With regards to activities, colleges today are looking for quality, not quantity. Find a subject, activity, or hobby that you like and develop that interest. 9th Grade Your Freshman Year