Middle School Matters
Plan your future now by getting a head start with SUNY. It's not too early to explore careers and think about college. The choices you make and classes you take in middle school matter now and will matter in high school. Follow these SUNY tips and create your plan for a successful transition to high school and college.
Ten Tips for Middle School Students
10. Get Organized
Use colored folders and a calendar to keep track of your assignments, due dates and test dates. Learn how to manage your time and balance schoolwork, family commitments, friends and activities. The busier you are, the better you will be at managing your time.
9. Surf Safely
The Internet is an incredible way to socialize and obtain information. You have to be smart, though, to stay safe. Follow the rules of your household about computer use and never give personal information online. Be aware that what you post on the Internet may follow you for a very long time. For more information about using the Internet safely, visit safeteens.
8. Explore Careers
What would you like to do some day? Volunteer or job shadow in a career that interests you. Ask people whose jobs look or sound interesting to explain what they really do and how they got to where they are now. Begin with these questions and add more as you think of them:
7. Think About College
It's not too early to explore higher education Web sites and visit college campuses. Remember, a visit is not a commitment to attend a college but rather an opportunity to experience a college first-hand. In addition to the SUNY campus search, here are a few other Web sites to get you started:
Not sure what to do this summer? Participate in a summer camp, workshop or after-school program and get a head start on a SUNY education. Select from many options which include academic and enrichment opportunities for middle and high school students, Upward Bound programs and sports camps. Many of the academic programs will educate you in a variety of subject matter and may even include college-level courses (and college credits). Summer programs at SUNY are as diverse as the campuses! Here are a few to whet your appetite:
To learn about these and more SUNY summer options, go to the complete campus list, select a SUNY campus, and search by "summer camps and workshops" or "pre-college programs".
6. Talk and Ask Questions
Your family members can help you succeed. Talk to them about your high school schedule and career interests. Seek advice from your parents/family members, teachers, counselors, coaches and mentors. Listen carefully to what they say.
5. Save for College
It's not too early! Learn about 529 plans at The College Savings Plans Network -- a national non-profit association dedicated to making college accessible and affordable for families. Another way to begin saving for college is by earning points when you shop. Learn more at upromise.
4. Get Involved
Make the most of your time outside of school, as well as breaks and the summer. Join a club or activity to build your leadership skills. Find a summer job, volunteer in a career field that interests you, learn or perfect a skill or hobby, go to summer school to get ahead or catch up, attend a summer program or camp and read. Colleges seek well-rounded students who are involved in their communities and earn good grades.
3. Academics Count
The courses you take in high school are important. Get a head start by taking Algebra I or the first year of a foreign language in 8th grade. Research accelerated programs and/or classes that will enable you to get ahead. Unsure of where to begin? Ask your teachers and counselor. They can help by providing tutoring, counseling and advice to help you make the right class choices.
2. Challenge Yourself
Take the most challenging courses you can, study hard and earn good grades. Your hard work will pay off. The better you do in rigorous courses, the better prepared you will be for the exams and assessments you'll take later. Take at least five academic classes every semester in high school to develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening and reasoning. Make it your goal to do more than to just "get by."
You can succeed! Strengthen your reputation by doing your best - always.