Preparing for college starts now!

During freshman year, most students have to focus on how to manage a new school, interact with teachers and classmates, and understand the scheduling concerns that come with high school life. Junior and Senior year are often geared towards academic independence which encompasses taking the SAT/ACT exam, researching colleges, and beginning the application process for secondary education. 

Sophomore year of high school is a transitional period for many students.

Sophomore year, with its transitional feel and element of freedom, makes it a great time to take some major steps in the right direction when it comes to understanding future goals. It is a time to 1) start thinking about colleges 2) make plans to better understand the college application process, and 3) pursue avenues that can build an academic resume.

To better understand how sophomore year can help you prepare for college, take a look at 5 things to think about when you are a sophomore in high school. 


#1: Start talking about life outside of school

Life as a sophomore student can be slightly different from the rest. You are no longer learning how to survive life as a freshman, and you don’t have the stress (harder classes, SAT prep, college applications) that comes with being a junior or senior in high school. 

So, take this time to begin thinking about life outside of school. Hone in on your  interests and strengths and start to really think about what you may want to do when you get older. Take your time to explore numerous job fields and career paths that interest you. Pursuing the right career is about finding a job that is meaningful and enjoyable, so take your sophomore year of high school to get a feel for what you may want to do in your life beyond school. 


#2: Start thinking about College

Sophomore year is a great time to start tossing ideas around when it comes to potential colleges. You don’t have to worry about touring or the application process as of yet, rather take this time to start a list of colleges and universities that you may want to attend. Have conversations with the people around you about their college experience and begin to envision yourself on a college campus living your best life. If you want, it might be worth your time to research some of the schools  in your area to better understand what your state has to offer.  


#3: Begin thinking about the SAT/ACT exams

Junior year is all about mastering and taking the SAT/ACT exam…so…that leaves sophomore year to study and understand the content. It is said that you should take one entire year to prepare for the SAT/ACT exam.  Consider taking a Mock SAT or ACT exam to get an idea of what you are facing.

A year-long study plan provides you with plenty of time to understand the content, fine-tune your strengths and fix your academic weaknesses, and also get familiar with the time requirements. Take a look at the following blogs to better understand why studying your sophomore years is a good idea.


#4: Build out your college resume

Freshman year was about exploring the high school environment and getting your feet wet; take sophomore year to get more involved in extracurricular activities and outreach programs offered at your school. Try to focus your time on one or two activities/sports/clubs that you find interesting. While colleges love a great GPA, they also love students that are well-rounded and have experienced all high school has to offer.  


#5:Focus on your academics

Junior year is typically academically challenging; it is the year where your course load gets more demanding. Junior year is also the time where you take the SAT/ACT exam and begin the college application process. With this said, use your sophomore year of high school to “prep” for the challenges ahead. Dive into classwork, labs, and projects to make sure you are 100% ready for what your next years in high school send your way. Utilize this time to better understand your studies and build good habits when it comes to studying. 


Final Thoughts

Sophomore year is a great time to really prep for the rest of high school and get ready for the college application process. It is a transitional year that, when done correctly, can lay a solid foundation for what comes next. Take this time to properly plan for your future and set yourself up for success in your junior year and beyond. 



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