College Planning Freshman Year

So You Want a College to Look at You?

Here’s Where You Start: Your Freshman Year

The goal of every freshman at Hammond School should be to become fully engaged in the life of Hammond School. The freshman year should be one of discovery and development. As such, freshmen are encouraged to take an active role in the life of the school and to take advantage of the opportunities Hammond offers for development in mind, body, and spirit.

The following are keys to freshman success. The mastery of these simple habits for success will ultimately allow students to move through the college search and admission process with as many options open as possible:

  • Enroll in challenging academic courses and do well in those courses.
  • READ, READ, READ and take advantage of the writing opportunities you have in various courses. The SAT emphasizes critical reading and has a new writing section.
  • Develop and refine study habits and academic discipline that will be critical for future success. Practice good study skills, time management, and organization.
  • Use an assignment book
  • Review nightly material covered in class (even when no homework has been assigned)
  • Schedule work and study time
  • Organize your study materials (notes, handouts, etc)
  • Stretch physically through the extensive athletic and physical conditioning programs available to Hammond students.
  • Get involved outside the classroom. Actively explore the wide array of visual and performing arts offered as electives and as extra-curricular options.
  • Discover new interests and develop hidden talents by sampling clubs, taking part in student government, and supporting service projects by volunteering.
  • Get to know your teachers. Let them get to know you.

At first you make your habits. Then your habits make you.
Nothing could be more true of the habits you make during your first year in Hammond Upper School. 


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