As a 9th grader, you have the opportunity to really build on your portfolio to prepare for college. The more participation in the following items, the stronger you'll look when it's time to apply for colleges.Talk to the 9th grade counselor about course selections. Try to take Pre-AP or challenging courses if possible!Join extracurricular activities and community service activities. Ask teachers to see if they know of any opportunities.Keep track of every activity that you participate in.Get to know teachers for the next four years. This will not only help you stay on track with your grades but these teachers will be writing your recommendation letters your junior/senior years.Start researching different colleges. Check out our College Search page!Start your scholarship search. Although it might be rare to find scholarships for freshmen, there are still several essay scholarships available.