You made it through your freshman year and you were a success! Now what? Well, you continue to do all of the things that made you a success and build on that! You should continue to work hard and get good grades. Continue to challenge yourself academically and get the best grades you can. Turn in your work on time and do your best on tests.
You should now be looking at what you may be interested in as a career. Maybe you already know but most high school sophomores don’t. This will help you determine what your college major may be. It may also influence what college you attend. Still don’t know what to do. There are many career interest assessments that will help. Talk to you high school counselor and let them know you are interested in career inventory. They will help you.
Now is also the time to sign up for the PLAN and the PSAT. These are the standard tests that colleges will use to help determine admission to their college. The PSAT also identifies students eligible for the National Merit Scholarship. The PLAN is a practice test for the ACT and the PSAT is a practice test for the SAT. Take both of these tests as if they are the real deal. The more you practice, the better you will be.
Explore and discuss college options. Go to college fairs and make informal visits to colleges. You can call ahead and let them know you are interested in attending their college and you would like someone to show you around. Most colleges will love to do this. They may select a student to spend some time with you and select and admissions person to talk to you about the application and financial aid. If you don’t have time for that, just talk your parents into driving through a campus when you are in a city where one is located.
At the end of your 10th grade year you will select classes for your junior year.Review your high school plan with your parents and your counselor. Keep on track by passing your classes and doing your best. Update you “honors and awards” list with things you accomplished during your sophomore year. You should see it growing by now. Plan another summer of meaningful activities and put some money in a savings account from your summer job.
© 2013 Roger D. Chamberlain