As a sophomore, you now have a better idea of how to navigate your way through high school. It is time to embrace new opportunities and prepare for your ultimate academic goals. Here are some tips for this year.
Just like last year, extracurricular activities are important. Be sure to volunteer and join sports and clubs that peak your interests. Don’t just join something because you think you should. Be true to yourself, and be a part of something you believe in.
Keep Track of Your Accomplishments
Create a working document of your academic awards and community service. Your list will come in handy later as you try to remember everything you've done when filling out applications for colleges, loans, grants and scholarships.
Take a Practice SAT (PSAT)
Don’t worry, sophomore PSAT scores aren't used for college admission, but preparing for and taking the practice test will help you gauge where you are and what you need to focus on for the real test. Your school may offer you a free test during the school day, so make sure you take advantage of the opportunity!
Consider Dual Enrollment
Did you know you can take college classes while you’re still in high school? The Dual Enrollment Program at Seminole State allows eligible students the opportunity to do that for free!
Start Thinking About Financial Aid & Scholarships
Talk to your parents/guardian about your college budget. Get familiar with the types of financial aid available, the benefits of submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and what information is needed to complete it. Information on your FAFSA is used to determine how much money you’re eligible for.
Seminole County Public Schools also offers great resources for scholarships through the county and your high school
Learn About Colleges
Now is the time to start researching schools. Talk to your teachers, counselors or older siblings who are already in college and see if you can visit them at school or sign up for a campus tour with a college representative.
Figure out what’s important to you and what you want your college to offer you. Keep in mind things like:
- Programs (or Majors) Offered: Not all colleges offer the same majors or programs of study. When researching colleges, ensure they offer the program you’re interested in and start to familiarize yourself with admission requirements for the college and major you’re interested in.
- Location: Do you want to stay close to home, move far away or take online classes?
- Class Size: Do you prefer small or large class sizes?
- Cost: Tuition costs vary at each school. Think about your financial situation and university transfer opportunities that can help you save money.
- Support Services: Are you a first generation student? Interested in tutoring to help you pass college math? Look in to wrap around services and student resources that will help you along the way.