17 Create an Activities Record Start an “Activities Record” during your freshman year. Include all school and community activities, leadership positions, honors, volunteer work, awards, unique experiences, and employment. Update this record at least once a year. This information will be very helpful later when you need to list your activities, awards, etc. 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 school activities. Many applications also ask for evidence of leadership. Get involved in meaningful activities and take a leadership role when possible. Depth of involvement (e.g., being in the band or on the 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 value quality over quantity. Find a subject, activity, or hobby that you like and develop your skills and interests. 9th Grade Your Freshman Year