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: Remember that your grades become part of your permanent record and play a key role in successful college applications.

: Prepare a science fair project if you’re planning to be a science major in college.

: Read as much as you can. It will give you new ideas, make you a better thinker, and improve your vocabulary.

: Enter as many essay and speech contests as you can for scholarships.

: Get involved in extracurricular activities, including sports, clubs, and more.

: Consider attending a summer program—camps, courses, or college activities for high school students like Upward Bound. Ask your counselor about available opportunities.