Dear Amy: I’m in middle school right now, and I want to go to college when I’m older. Is there anything I can do to start preparing? — Maria, Houston, Texas
Dear Maria: Although colleges won’t look at your middle school grades when you apply, it’s still important to work hard in school. Everything you do in middle school prepares you for high school. Developing good study habits now will help you in high school and beyond. For great study tips, visit how-to-study.com.
When you sign up for classes, choose those that will challenge you. For example, selecting an advanced math class will help prepare you for high school math classes. Certain advanced classes in high school, such as Advanced Placement Biology, may allow you to earn some college credit before you graduate. To learn more about choosing classes in middle school, go to aie.org/planning-for-college/making-choices/choose-your-middle-school-courses.cfm.
For more tips on preparing for college, visit studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists/middle-school. This page has a handy checklist for students and one for parents to keep you on track for college.
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