Sophomore Year

  • Meet with your guidance counselor for a follow-up on your grades from freshman year
  • Implement any advice gained from your guidance counselor check-in into your yearly plan
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT® or PSAT™ 10 to get familiar with the testing format and time constraints before taking the SAT/ACT your junior year
  • Get more involved if you can by adding extracurricular activities to your schedule (Guide to Choosing the Best High School Extracurricular Activities & Electives)
  • Add electives to your schedule that all you to explore areas of study that you might be interested in
  • Research your future career
    • Learn its education requirements
    • Expecting annual earnings for the next 3-5 years
    • Review LinkedIn profiles of people currently in that professions to see the steps they took to get there
  • Start your college search!
    • Decide what you want and need in a college
    • Research and develop a list of 20 colleges that offer your major and fit those needs you’d like to attend
    • Request information from those colleges
    • Review their acceptance/graduation rates, financial aid, scholarships resources, and tuition costs