I am often asked what is the best piece of advice I can give to parents and students. It is simple. Start in 9th grade and download the Common Application. Then fill it out! Notice where all of the holes are and do something about it. the application can be a real wake up call to students. It shows where the student is lacking.
Get involved! Get onto teams and participate. Find clubs and teams. Do volunteer work. Get a job that pays. Determine what you want to do with your life. But, whatever you do, do not wait until the end of junior year or the start of senior year to start. Do it now!!!!!