10th Grade Sophomore?
Your second year in high school can be a challenge, but the challenge is worth it!
Still learning the ropes about high school in general, you are now expected to be familiar with school rules and processes. You are getting closer to that senior year when many decisions will be made. Enjoy this year as you continue to explore Careers and discover more of your strengths and skills.
Preliminary steps should begin to get ready for advanced education, like thinking about your future goals, practicing time management skills, preparing for and taking tests, and starting to budget your own financial resources. Each of these will help you prepare for future careers, whatever they may be.
Tenth Grade Preparation for College
Start the chatter with your teachers and counselors.
Meet with your school counselor or mentor to discuss colleges and their requirements.
Take some practice tests
Consider taking a practice Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) or the PLAN exam.
Use your free time to move forward!
Plan to use your summer wisely: Get career information and begin to work work, volunteer, or take a summer course (away or at a local college).
Get involved in activities if you are not already.
Music, sports, art, class clubs, these sometimes give ideas for career pathways because they include your strength and interest areas.
Research whats good for you
Go ahead, research majors that might be a good fit with your interests and goals based on your results from the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search.
Consider these too when prepping for college
- Consider volunteer work or take advantage of opportunities within a classroom setting to help others. Get to know yourself in the way you work with people and on your school work. Know your learning style because it may develop into your work style someday.
- Monitor your grades and GPA (Grade Point Average). This number will stay with you throughout high school and keeping it high may result in opportunities for post-secondary educational options. This is a permanent record of your education.
- Pay attention when there are career exploration activities available. Talk to seniors about what they plan for after high school. Start searching careers through websites and/or visit a college or a college fair to gather information about majors and course offerings.
- If you have not already, start gathering work experiences, both paid and unpaid. These experiences are skill builders and help you develop a bank account/savings for life and life after high school.
- Set goals to improve yourself and try new things. Establish connections with adults that may help you—coaches, advisors, counselors, teachers, administrators, etc.
This information is also very helpful!
Its key to learn the differences between grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.
You can also learn how to acheive and obtain getting these grants, loans, work-study and scholarships by visiting the Student Aid website at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists/10th-grade
We also have a wide range of helpful resources right at the Lenawee College Access Network. If you don’t find what you are looking for contact us today!
Ask yourself some questions…
Here are some questions to consider as you dig deeper into the high school lifestyle, that might make an impact on your future decisions (click the tabs to advance the questions):
What high school classes do you enjoy or do well at?Do you like to work with your hands or do more thought-focused tasks?Are you more productive as part of a team, or independently?What have you accomplished that you’d like to do more of? Is it a hobby, an after school program or something a little more niche?Do you see yourself helping others or working towards goals?