Preparing for College: 10th Grade

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Your studies should always come first, but colleges also look at your extracurricular activities.

Check with your guidance counselor because some high schools will even give you credit for volunteer work.

Here are some things you can do:

Get involved

  • Join school clubs, groups or organizations.
  • Join after school and summer programs.
  • Participate in sports. You may be involved in sports through your school or your community. 
  • Be active in the community, whether it is at a community center, your church, or a senior citizen center.
  • Consider an internship.
  • Look for opportunities to make the most of your summer vacations.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great opportunity to make a positive contribution to a cause, event or someone's life. It also benefits you, and makes you feel good about yourself.

Volunteer opportunities may include tutoring, or working at a hospital, youth center, nursing home, animal shelter or food bank, to name just a few places.

This doesn't mean that you have to volunteer every weekend. Pick one or two organizations or events that you are interested in and volunteer your time based on what fits your schedule and doesn't burn you out.

Here's how to get started:

  • Look for organizations or programs based in your community. Call and ask if they need "free" help.
  • Check with your guidance counselor to see if they can recommend a volunteer opportunity. 
  • Check with your local library, community center or church to see if they need any help.
  • When you find something you really enjoy, stick with it and work hard. You may even make a difference in someone's life.

Internships

Internships can help you explore an interest that may lead to your future career. Details may vary — some are paid, others unpaid; they may be available during the school year or over the summer — but all offer an opportunity to explore areas of interest that may lead to a career choice. If there's a company or organization you're interested in, call them and ask if they'd consider you as an intern. Your guidance counselor, family and friends may know of an opportunity, too. There are also online resources such as: http://www.internshipprograms.com/

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