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|Now that you're in 9th grade, it's time to evaluate your career plans.By starting early, you'll be better prepared.||Revisit the Interest Profiler|
|Don't neglect your study habits!|
Keep up the good work, and continue to improve your study skills.
|Successful Study Techniques|
|Continue to explore post-secondary credit opportunities including college, technical schools, special purpose schools, apprenticeships, and the military related to your selected career interest.|
|If you don't have one, sign up for a college savings account.|
If you have an existing account, be sure to add to your savings regularly.
|College Savings Calculator|
|Talk to your guidance counselors, advisor, teachers, family members or trusted adults about your plans for college.|
If you're not sure if college is the best option for you, talk to your counselor.
|Use Your Plan of Study to keep track of your courses and grades.|
Invite your counselor or advisor to view your POS.
|Revisit Your Plan of Study|
|Find out about college entrance requirements for the schools you're interested in.|
Explore all your options.
|College Matching Assistant|
|Create a file of the following documents and notes:|
report cards, lists of awards and honors, school and community activities, and volunteer work.
|Start thinking about the colleges you want to attend.|
(Hint: Use our Explore Schools section to help look for schools.)
|Find out about AP and other honors-level courses you can take in high school to help you prepare for college or earn college credit. Explore post-secondary credit opportunities including college, technical schools, special purpose schools, apprenticeships, and the military related to your selected career interest.|
|Continue to get involved in campus and community activities.|
|Take the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT), if offered in your school, to evaluate your skills in English, math, reading and science reasoning. It's good practice and your scores won't count towards your college application.||Getting Ready for College|
|How are you spending your summer?|
Volunteering and educational programs can help give you a better idea about what kind of training or career would be right for you.
|Consider a youth apprenticeship, internship or other work-based learning programs.|
|Change can be difficult — you're on your own!|
Try taking some small steps towards independence this year, perhaps with more responsibility around your house.