October Tips for 8th-12th Graders
With SAT/ACT’s impact on college admissions being more and more deemphasized, it is more important than ever for students to shift their focus on rigorous academics and meaningful multi-year extracurricular activities.
UCEazy’s team of experts share tips to support students during this unprecedented time while navigating high school and staying competitive for college admissions.
8th Graders: Explore
- Research activities that would help you explore your interests and potential college majors
- Start with your school and local community
- If you are already involved in activities you enjoy, find ways to build depth and pursue leadership
- Don’t get discouraged if you run into an obstacle. Instead, use creativity and input from mentors to pursue what you enjoy outside of the classroom.
9th Graders: Build
- Explore clubs and on-campus activities that you may be interested in joining
- Find a balance of joining clubs that are creative and non-academic and also major-related clubs. (ex: Biology Olympiad Club and Chess Club)
- Evaluate your experiences and apply for leadership positions in areas that you really enjoy
- Research virtual opportunities that fit your interests, personality and potential majors (ex: STEM tutor for elementary students, book reviewer for a local library)
10th Graders: Grow
- If you are involved in a wide range of activities, this is the year to dig deeper and narrow your scope of interests
- Establish career goals through your most meaningful activities
- Aim for a balance between academics and extracurricular throughout the school year
- Keep in mind that 10th grade is the last of the foundational years as you prepare for college admissions
- Assess your time management. Are you allowing yourself enough time for schoolwork, activities, sleep and social time?
- Evaluate grades. Are you doing as well as you planned?
- What are you doing in your extra-curricular activities? How are you making an impact?
- Consider expanding your community service activities.
- With so many colleges becoming standardized test-optional, what makes the most sense for you for SAT/ACT testing?
- Create application accounts if you have not done so
- Common App., Coalition App and school-specific applications
- Finalize your college list
- Finish editing your main essay
- Edit your supplement essays
- Evaluate your grades
- Remember, some colleges can still use these for admission decisions
- Reconnect with your teachers who are writing your letters of recommendation and don’t forget to thank them
- Meet with your high school counselor to verify your college list and confirm the dates that they will send your transcript