Can you believe it, by the end of your sophomore year you will be halfway through your high school career! Keep up the hard work and visit the counseling for assistance!
This year you will either continue with your high GPA or work on improving. It is never too late to raise your GPA. Learning how to study and retain information is crucial. Are you an auditory, visual, tactile, or all three learner? Figuring out how you learn is key in becoming successful in school. This will carry you into college, including trade schools, and any type of certification required by a future job. Visit http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles-quiz.shtml to find out what kind of learner you are.
Trying to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life can be a daunting task for a person at any age. We encourage students to start their career exploration early to make the process easier.
Check out https://www.onetonline.org/ to research careers and possible salaries.
Published by the Department of Labor & Industry, this guide is packed with great information on a variety of different careers and resources to help with your career search.
Considering a military career? You have a lot of options to consider:
ROTC: Army, Air Force, Navy
Military Academies: West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Coast Guard Academy
Reserves: Army Reserve, Marine Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, National Guard
Active Duty: Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard
This is an amazing opportunity to find out about any career you are interested. Contact the company’s human resource department. Mention you are a high school student interested in learning more about the specific career and would like to job shadow. Job shadowing is the cheapest and fastest way to find out if you would like to pursue a specific career. Remember: finding out what you do not like is just as important as finding out what you do like!
Visit Naviance at https://www.naviance.com/, often as the website offers information about colleges, careers, and majors. Complete the career interest surveys to find more information on career clusters. Become very familiar with Naviance and all its offerings.
It is never too early to visit college campus and their websites. Finding out what type of college you would like is important as you research where you would like to apply. Do you want a big university where you are referred to as a number or a small school where everyone knows your name? Do you want the city life or prefer suburbia. Only you can make this decision. Talk with students who attend the college of interest. Make appointments with the Admissions Counselors to visit the college campus or ask questions over the phone. Remember, the admissions counselors are deciding who will be accepted, always be polite and courteous.
Do a preliminary college search: Use tools under the "College" tab in Naviance such as the College Match or Super Match College Search to start checking out colleges. Add any colleges that stand out to your "Colleges I'm Thinking About" list in Naviance.
Are you interested in playing collegiate sports? What division are you considering? Check out http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future to register and find the requirements for Division I and Division II. Make sure you review the sliding scale requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT. https://www.ncsasports.org/ncaa-eligibility-center/ncaa-sliding-scale
Contact coaches, make videos of your athletic achievements. Use social media to highlight your abilities and desire to play in college. Remember Division III will not offer athletic scholarships.
Register on https://www.collegeboard.org/. Collegeboard offers information about PSAT, SAT, SAT subject tests, and AP exams. Collegeboard offer career interest inventory tests to explore your talents and interests. You can also explore colleges and the requirements for acceptance including GPA and SAT/ACT scores as well as what majors colleges offer. You can also find scholarship information https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/
Believe it or not, it is never too early to research and win scholarships. Junior high students have won scholarships so spend time researching scholarships on https://www.goingmerry.com/, https://www.fastweb.com/, https://www.dosomething.org/us. You can also check out https://myscholly.com/ which is a scholarship database app for your device. Remember, scholarship money through outside the college organizations are checks with your name that go into your pocket.
**Remember: the more you accomplish, the less stress you will be your senior year!**