Updated: Jul 31, 2019
Congrats on making it past the angst-filled freshman year. You are now going into 2/4 part of your high school career. Going into sophomore year, the seniors will tolerate you a little bit more... but not that much so don't get too comfortable.
You are still at the bottom of the high school food chain, life can still be pretty challenging your sophomore year. That's why today's post is to help prepare you on how to survive your sophomore year, giving you five pieces of key advice.
1. Start to consider your career choice (if you have not done so already).
It's perfectly okay to not completely know what you want to do in college or for a career yet. However, to help yourself in the future, you should definitely start brainstorming and considering different careers you can see yourself doing. Consider things such as feasibility, classes you need to take, colleges, and salaries, but most of all, make sure it is a job you will enjoy. You don't want to suffer through school just to find that you dislike the culinary arts or design, and then have to pay for classes in college all over again to change your major. Talk to your parents, teachers, and counselors for future advice.
2. Continue getting service hours, and maybe a part-time job.
Colleges like to see that you can balance outside activities and maintain good marks in school. Now when I say jobs, I do not mean babysitting or lawn mowing. I mean an actual interview based job with co-workers and managers (although those other "job" are good practice).
Look around local shops you like to go to, fast food restaurants, and even at your school job board if they have one. It's a nice way to build your resume, make some pocket money for yourself, and even show your parents that you can manage more responsibilities and have more freedom. Also, continue to gain service hour and record them. Look at your local food pantry, churches, and teachers for possible volunteer opportunities.
3. Make a scholarship binder.
I wish that this was something I took seriously my sophomore year.
Making a scholarship binder with due dates, scholarships you are eligible for, essays you have written, and letters of recommendation will save you time in the future when you look for more scholarships your junior and senior year. It is never too early to look for scholarships, and the more prepared you are when they come around, the better.
4. Continue to look for clubs and extracurricular activities.
Still heed my warning from my freshman year post about taking too many clubs, but if you have not joined any or that many, definitely keep looking for some to join.
Join something that pertains to your hobbies or future career if you already know what that is going to be.
5. Study. Study. Study.
Although you are in the "middle stages" of high school, your grades do matter. All grades go onto your transcript, so keep up good study habits. If you slacked off freshman year, although you shouldn't have, now is the time to get back on track.
It only gets harder. Make a study group, invest in a planner and use it, dedicate quiet study time with your parents so they know to not bother you. The higher you get your grades the easier years of high school, the easier you make your job in junior and senior year.
I hope this post helps you and your journey through your second year of high school. After this, you will be 1/2 of the way done with high school!