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Freshman Year (9th grade)


Freshman Timeline


  • Tell your school counselor and teachers that you plan on attending a four-year college or university.
  • Discuss graduation requirements.
  • Plan your course schedule (4-year high school plan) carefully.
  • Get involved in sports, clubs, and/or volunteer activities in school and in the community.
  • Begin career exploration via CareerZone, O*Net, and/or Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Intern, job shadow and talk to people in your career field of interest.
  • Take interest and skills assessments via Naviance.
  • Begin college exploration via SUNY. Visit college campuses, conduct Internet research, and call admissions departments with questions.  
  • Attend class everyday.
  • Seek tutoring via Canisius College's Academic Talent Search and/or stay 9th period for academic support.
  • Begin recording awards/certificates, clubs/activities, and/or volunteer work.  
  • Set short and long-term goals.
  • Establish good study and time management/organization habits via KidsHealth.
  • Plan meaningful summer activities.
  • Talk with your parents/guardians about saving and paying for college via Say YES Buffalo and/or FastWeb.
  • Self-advocate. Communicate with teachers.
  • Take ReadiStep college readiness test.  Review results with  teachers, school counselor and parents/guardians.
  • Challenge yourself.