Here are 8 tips to start 9th graders building a college-attractive transcript!
8 Tips to Start 9th Graders Building a College-Attractive Transcript
One of the benefits of being a homeschool mother and principal of our local homeschool umbrella school is learning the inside secrets of college admissions officers. I periodically attend meetings with these gate keepers.
Based on what I’ve learned, here are 5 tips to start 9th graders building a college-attractive transcript.
*SAT and/or ACT scores. Without giving your teen panic attacks, you can gently introduce vocabulary and study skills that can build their confidence.
*Talent. What are your teens’ areas of skill or gifting? Start exploring and building those areas in 9th grade. Career Exploration is a good place to start.
*Well-roundedness or specialization. Teens who are involved in service and extracurriculars that give them a wide variety of experiences have an edge on their transcripts. So do those who have a single, strong interest and use that interest as a specialty to build service and extracurriculars each year during high school. Either choice is good.
*Long-term commitments. One major mistake some teens make is to neglect extracurricular activities in your underclassman years and suddenly becoming involved as an upperclassman. Admissions officers are well aware that many students that wait to become involved as upperclassmen are playing “the admissions game” and trying to impress the college admissions officers.
*Leadership and followership. While it is good to show some leadership, they also are aware that there need to be good team members as well as leaders. Find experiences that build both.
*Voice. Teens need to explore, try new things and develop their own “voice”. This will show up in their application essays and where required, interviews. Lots of writing, starting in 9th grade helps build teens’ voices. Essays are powerful tools for this. 7Sisters Essay Writing is a no-busywork way to help your teens start to develop their voices.
*Fit with the school profile. Each college has a type of student they are on the lookout for. You don’t have control over this, but you can visit some college websites and compare college missions and freshman class descriptions.
- Some will make you think: They are looking for MY teen.
- Some will make you think: They are looking for someone completely different from my teen.