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Sophomore Plan:

  • Monitor Academic Progress
  • Get involved in school activities
  • Continue to explore and discuss college / career options
  • Continue to volunteer
  • Update your resume
  • Continue to work on letters of recommendation and references 
  • Save money for college

Plan for the year ahead:

  • Meet with your counselor or ACCESS to discuss your college plans.
  • Make sure you are enrolled in challenging classes that will help prepare you for college.
  • Colleges prefer seeing that you have taken four years of math, science, English, history & foreign language.
  • Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Go to college fairs in the area.
  • Be sure to go on the ATech field trip in the fall so you can see what programs they have to offer you.

Prepare for tests:

  • Start talking to your counselor and teachers about taking the ACT and PSAT your Junior year. Find out what you need to be studying and what will be required of you to take those tests.
  • If you are considering college after high school and will need help paying, look into taking the PSAT/NMSQT your junior year. If  you do well enough, this test could potentially help you receive money to pay for some of college expenses or tuition.

Learn about colleges:

  • Research costs of going to college, living expenses, and how financial aid works.
  • Use the college savings calculator to see how much money you will need to college, whether you're on track to save enough or if you need to research how to reach your savings goal.
  • Talk to your family about college financing. Find out what options you may have to pay for college.

Stay Focused:

  • Sign up for college preparatory courses for your junior and senior years.
  • Make sure you are in school everyday and handing in your work.
  • If you do miss school make sure you talk to your teachers to receive any work you may need to get caught up.

Explore Summer Opportunities:

  • Look for a job, internship or volunteer to help build your resume and save money.
  • Consider possible summer learning programs.

Make the most of your breaks:

  • Start a summer reading list or ask teachers to recommend books.
  • Plan to visit colleges over the summer to get a feel for what you are looking for in a college.
  • Continue looking at your calendar for your junior year and make sure you are working on deadlines.