By lwilliams Welcome to your junior year of high school. The next few months will be filled with excitement as you take another step closer to graduation and the next chapter of your life — college. You may already be feeling some pressure to narrow down your college choices and pick a potential major, but don’t stress over these decisions, as you still have plenty of time to find the right fit for you. The first half of the school year is the perfect time for you to start exploring your options and begin planning for your senior year. Simply follow this college guideline with a list of suggested activities to ensure you stay on track and end 2014 on a positive note.AUGUST Before school starts, get a jump on your college planning by tackling these easy tasks.Check out some college websites and request brochuresResearch upcoming college fairsRegister for fall college toursMeet with your guidance counselorReview classesDiscuss college entrance examsSEPTEMBER Now that school has been in session for a few weeks, it’s time to think about how you are going to impress admission officers next year. Here are some things to consider:Look into volunteer opportunitiesStart a campus club or take on a leadership positionCreate study groups for your most rigorous classesMentor an elementary or middle school studentPromote an anti-bullying campaign at schoolOCTOBER This month, keep working on your college tasks and start exploring potential campuses and careers.Attend college and financial aid eventsTake the PSATVisit one or two colleges on your listResearch possible internship opportunities for winter breakComplete a career exploration assessmentNOVEMBER/DECEMBER As you head into the holiday season, there are just a few things on your plate that will need your attention before you return next year.Register for the spring ACT and/or SATPlan your spring college visitsStudy for college entrance exams The best way to keep from getting overwhelmed and stressed out is to knock off a few tasks each month and keep focused on your goals this year. Keep up your grades and use many of the test prep tools available to help you prepare for exams and research colleges. Don’t forget to start applying for scholarships, too. Many programs are open to high school juniors, so set aside some time each month to start working on your college savings fund. The work you put in this year will definitely make your senior year a lot less stressful.