One of the first things that you will be asked for when filling out your college applications will be your high school transcript. Make sure that this document speaks well of you, and be prepared to explain any of the blemishes that may be lurking on it if you do get a college interview.
Remember, your transcript will encompass the entire education record that you have, and although you might have buckled down in your senior year, there might have been some issues with your earlier school years.
Your parents, teachers, principals and guidance counselors will harp on your future from the first day that you step foot in the school house, and with very good reasons. Your school transcript may eventually keep you from gaining admission to the school of your choice, which in turn will keep you from the career that you desire.
Perhaps you want to be a doctor and would like to graduate from one of your parents alma mater. You apply for the pre-med program at this school and then wait for a reply. Several weeks later, an envelope arrives and you see that schools name prominently on the envelope. You are thrilled. Imagine how crushed you will feel when you open it up to find that you have been rejected? And how bad will you feel if the rejection is because of something found on your transcript from the earlier years of your education?
Perhaps you failed several classes in your freshman year, or missed a lot of school because of a chronic illness. Without even having a chance to explain yourself, you have allowed your transcript to tell the admissions office that you do not apply yourself and that attendance may be an issue for you. In some cases, notes can be added to your transcripts by the school- but it wont always be helpful.
Trying to get the best possible grades from day one is very important, especially if you know that you want to go into a rather competitive, prestigious school.
Some kids know from an early age that they want to attend a certain school, and will do whatever it takes to get there, from the very start. In these cases, the transcript will speak about the dedication and hard work that the student put into their education and will need no additional information. But, these are the exceptions to the rule and in many typical cases, the transcript may need a little bit of explanation to keep from ending the hopes and dreams of the newly dedicated student.