SOPHOMORE TO DO LIST:
*Get good grades in your college prep courses: most 4-year colleges recommend 4 years of English, 4 years of Math (must include Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2), 4 years of Science (must include Biology and Chemistry or Physics), 4 years of Social Studies, 2-3 years of a Foreign Language, 1 year of Fine Arts, and 1 year of Physical Education or Athletics.
*Be involved in activities, clubs and organizations both in and out of school. Colleges are looking for students who are active and involved in their school and community. They are also looking for students who have leadership abilities, unique experiences, and an interest in community service.
*Start creating or a resume` to use for college admissions and scholarship applications. Include all of your activities, awards, honors, unique experiences, community service, jobs, etc. This record will be helpful when you are completing applications—and anyone writing a recommendation letter for you will appreciate having this information.
*Start your research: explore college websites, take virtual tours and visit potential colleges. Explore different types of schools to determine entrance requirements and admission deadlines. Start making a list of colleges that you’re interested in.
*Attend college and career fairs.
*Do invest some time for volunteer and/or community service hours.
*Put your best foot forward and clean up your social media to present a college/career-friendly image online.
*Check your class rank, GPA, credits and attendance records.
*Do your best on grades, benchmarks and STAAR EOC exams. Polish your study habits, behavior, and attitude to show you’re serious about your future.
*Register for dual-credit courses for junior year and choose the best courses for your junior year.
*Sign up to take the ACT or SAT Tests if haven’t already done so or want to try to raise your score. Sign up at: www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.org. If needed, look into ACT and/or SAT Test Prep courses to help increase your score. See counselor for some ideas and options. ACT Online Test Practice website: https://academy.act.org. SAT Online Test Practice website: https://www.khanacademy.org/. Also, Success Center for Learning in Paris offers several options for both ACT and SAT Test Prep at http://www.successcenter.us/cpc.htm or call them at (903) 737-2900.