Ask most seniors what they wish they could do over to get ready for college and they would reply with two statements:
- Make better grades in my 9th and 10th grade; and
- Be more active in community service and extracurricular activities
Colleges will look at your GPA, SAT/ACT scores, class rank, and how challenging your courses have been when making admissions decisions. For merit scholarships, colleges look at the above plus what you've done with your time (ie: Extracurricular activities).
Your school counselor will make sure you have the required classes to meet graduation requirements, but what you do with your classes and your time is totally up to you. Big dreams require determination, a good attitude, and lots of hard work!