Knowing how to prepare helps 9th grade students' future

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 15:41

Students who have hopes of attending college in the future need to know all that it takes to achieve that goal. In order to be accepted into college, students have to do a lot of preparation and meet many requirements.

9th grade student Megan Treanor states, “You have to work hard, and you have to get good grades.” Working hard for good grades is immensely important but is only a small portion of what students must accomplish. 8th grade counselor and history teacher Mrs. Halcrow comments that for students to go to college, they need to get good grades, start saving money, be involved in extracurricular activities, and prepare for the ACT.

In eighth grade, every  student, with their parent, meets with their counselor in a College and Career Readiness meeting. In this meeting, the student’s counselor will inform them about scholarship requirements and help them create a path through high school.

 Student athletes have to put in an extreme amount of work if participating in a sport in college is something they wish to be a part of. There is a requirement for grades they must keep or else they are not permitted to engage in their activity. For example, if a student is a Division I athlete, they cannot acquire a GPA below 2.3 or else they cannot even compete their first year of college.

In high school, athletes have to maintain a certain academic standard as well. They must maintain a minimum requirement of a 2.0 GPA. If they fail to meet these standards then their right to participate in a sport will be revoked.

Ninth grade softball and basketball player Aubree Barney, who hopes to play in Division I sports someday, claims, “Yes, it’s hard to keep good grades because there is almost no time for homework, and you have to stay up late.” However, she admits it’s worth it to take time out of the day to keep her good grades.

While college provides students with an education, it also provides them with a brighter future. Halcrow admits that not all people need to go to college, but everyone should have a plan to be prepared financially.  9th grader Shina Parrish claims, “I think it will just make your future better. You’ll be better financially, and you’ll have less stress.”



Hannah Lee, Chronicle Editor-in-Chief