It may seem too early for an eighth grader to start thinking about SAT's, colleges, and such, but i already am.
I know myself, and i know that i can be one of those people who procrastinate until the last minute and stay up until the early morning, trying to finish a project. There's that sick panicky feeling everytime i look at the clock. After every project, I promise myself that i would never do that again, but somehow find myself in the same position a few weeks later.
Therefore, I am going to start really thinking about my GPA, getting involved with school, and looking into some colleges and my plans for the future. I'm hoping that this way, I won't be as stressed as the other seniors, when the time comes.
One easy way that will help in the long run is getting to know my teachers. Teacher recommendations play a big role in applying for those colleges i am thinking about going to. Sometimes a little sucking up will do no harm. In the winter, I will be sending my teachers hand-written cards for Christmas, to let them know that they matter to me.
Another thing colleges look at is leadership experience. That is actually a problem for me, because I have never been involved in any student council of my school. I know that it will really start counting for college applications in high school, so i have already planned out my school involvement: i will be joining inner council for 9th grade, and possibly running for president or vice president for my sophomore year. I could also run for an ASB position in my sophomore or junior year.
As my band teacher says, teamwork and the ability to work well with others impress colleges such as UCLA as well. An easy way to show that I am cooperative is by being in band. Those who are involved in the arts for all four years of high school get major kudos. I plan on joining marching band and staying in it as long as possible. Yesterday, i went to the information jazz band meeting during lunch. I will most likely be joining. It feels great to be doing something good for myself and coming out of my shy shell. Not many of my friends are in band, so I had to sacrifice my lunch time gossip for the meeting.
At my school, there is a club called JAWS, which is a dragonboating team. By joining the club, I have joined for the team. We meet every Saturday morning by the Santa Ana river to practice rowing a dragonboat, which i have never even seen before, nonetheless row. It will be an exciting experience for me, and something athletic i can do, since i have stopped figure skating. Although it makes me a little nervous that I will probably the only one of my friends to join (I forced Jasmine to sign up with me, but she most likely will not be attending any of the meetings), I hope to make new ones [friends] and have fun either way.