Dude, come on. I’m in middle school.
What? College? You want me to think about college? I'm busy thinking about pimples, science fairs, and the school dance on Friday. No way I’m thinking about college yet. Right?
Well, for all you middle-schoolers who want to be extra ahead in the game, Shmoop is here to tell you...it’s great that you’re thinking about college this early, but seriously, relax. Unless you have the type of parents who have mapped out your entire life for you (and we apologize if you do), you’re a long way from having to make any binding decisions, at least about college.
That doesn’t mean you get to spend the whole year trying to score the private jet on Rock Band. There are a few steps you can take during your formative middle school years to ensure that—when the time comes— you are ready to take the college plunge.
Think about your interests and skills. Try a new activity. in short, try to figure out what you’re interested in and what you’re good at. It’s perfectly fine if you have no idea what those are yet, but that isn’t a reason to not be adventurous and try new things. Grab some friends and start a t-shirt printing business. Maybe even think about what foreign language you might want to learn.
Build Your Brag Sheet. Or start thinking about it at least. Your what? Think of it this way. Now is the time to start getting involved in some activities that you could potentially carry into high school and help your eventual college application shine. Join the debate club. Win that science fair. Make an impression (a positive one) on your teachers. Or if your middle school doesn’t have these, start thinking about which subjects you like or clubs you may want to join. Why wait until high school to rock out?