Things are heating up!
Junior year is awesome. It’s like being next in line for a whole year. You get to be excited to be a senior until, well, you become a senior. Try not to wear yourself out.
Junior year is when things actually get pretty important and quite frankly, when things can get pretty stressful too. Make sure you don’t end up with the short end of the stick by taking care of the following stuff.
Take the most challenging course load you can. Go for the Honors classes. Take AP classes or IB classes. Remember, a B in AP Physics will be more impressive than an A+ in Beginner Noodle Making. Unless you are applying to Professional Noodle College.
Strive for good grades. If you haven’t noticed a pattern yet, we can tell you. Grades are important. How important are good grades? Short answer: super important. Struggling? Let Shmoop help with some handy Study Guides if you need some help in your classes.
Think about your skills and interests. Have they changed? Do what interests you. Kick butt at things at which you excel. Hopefully, you've found something you're passionate about or at least a little interested in. It might make for a great college essay topic. In fact, some of the best college essays are actually written about people's passions and interests.
Try entering in some competitions. Interested in science? Try the Intel Science and Engineering Fair. Interested in politics? Try joining a local Model United Nations Group. Take a look at Tasty Bits: Competitions for more ideas.
Build Your Brag Sheet. You should know what this is by now. This sheet should be filling up with all the wonderful things you have done. By junior year, you should be an active voice in at least one extracurricular activity. Your teachers should know you as the student who will take leadership and get stuff done in class. Develop relationships (not creepy ones) with teachers.