Eighth Grade

Nobody can predict the future

But you can definitely plan for it! Even though college is a long way off, here are some things you can do now to help you prepare to take your first steps later.

Get advice and opinions from people you know—your teachers, parents, older siblings, and anyone you know who’s been to college. They can help you sort out what you should be thinking about right now

And ask yourself questions, too! Like:

What do I like to do?

  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • What hobbies do you enjoy?
  • Which subjects are your favorites?
  • What afterschool activities are you involved in?
  • What are you good at?

What do I want to be when I grow up?

  • What are some careers that I want to know more about?
  • What am I interested in now that I could develop into a career?
  • What kind of professional life is important to me?

Thinking about what you like to do can help you figure out what career you should aim for. (By the way, it’s totally normal to change your mind several times before choosing your ultimate career.)

Where should I go to college?

  • If you could study anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • Would you rather go to a big state university, a small private college, or somewhere else?
  • What kinds of classes do you want to take?
  • What kinds of activities do you want to be involved in?

Answering questions like these can help you narrow down your choices when it comes time to pick a school.

What you get out of school depends in part on what you put into it. Here are some things you can do to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward in your studies:

  • Sit close to the front of the classroom
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Stay organized
  • Keep up with your assignments
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat right

Many universities offer summer programs for middle schoolers, and Indiana University is no exception. Whether you’re interested in sports or science, dance or drama, you’re sure to find something that interests you.

Explore our precollege programs

We understand that COVID-19 has impacted your home and school life. Until we can invite you to visit us in person, stay engaged with IU Bloomington—and your academic progress—with the following resources:

Keep learning

Visit outside resources such as Khan Academy to keep learning at your own pace. You can also participate in virtual science programs through Bloomington’s own WonderLab.

Listen to world-class musical performances

Stream archived performances—recitals, concerts, and operas—from the IU Jacobs School of Music.

Explore the Eskenazi Museum of Art

Look through the collections online and participate in a Virtual Art Therapy Open Studio.

Tour the Wylie House Museum

Learn about IU history with a virtual visit to IU's Wylie House Museum and explore exhibits online.

Experience past Little 500 races

Watch archival video of the first two Little 500 races, which took place in 1951 and 1952.

Check out our many archives

Watch archival videos and hear archival audio in IU’s Media Collections Online.

When it’s time to start on your college journey . . .

The Indiana University Office of Admissions is here to help! We want to see you become your best, and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have on your path to college. When you’re ready, learn more by joining our mailing list or checking out our precollege programs.