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What Should Your Sophomore Do To Prepare For College?

The school year is beginning to wind down and our teens are busier than ever!   Are you the parent of a Sophomore wondering if you should be starting to think about college now?

  Your teen is at a crucial stage in their academic career, and it's time to start thinking about the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. With so many end-of-year events and college prep tasks on their plate, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

But don't worry, we've got you covered! Here are some exciting and proactive steps your Sophomore can take to prepare for college and set themselves up for success:

  1. Keep up the hard work: Encourage your teen to maintain good grades and take on challenging classes like honors, Dual Enrollment, or AP courses. Not only will this show colleges that they can handle college-level coursework, but it will also prepare them for the rigors of higher education.
  2. Get involved: Extracurricular activities are a great way for your teen to develop skills and show their passions to college admissions officers. Encourage them to participate in clubs, sports, or other activities that interest them.
  3. Explore college options: Research different colleges and universities, and help your teen think about what they're looking for in a school. Don't just focus on the big names - think about what schools offer that would be a good fit for your teen.
  4. Visit colleges: Visiting colleges can give your teen a firsthand look at different campuses and help them get a sense of what they're looking for in a college.
  5. Plan to take the SAT during Junior year: While some colleges are test-optional, a high score on the SAT can still help with admissions or scholarships. (Keep an eye out for our future post about the Digital SAT!)
  6. Seek guidance: Encourage your teen to meet with their school counselor or college advisor to discuss their college plans and to set some timelines and goals. 
  7. Create a summer plan: Summer is a great time for your teen to explore their interests through part-time jobs, job shadowing, service trips, or even creating their own passion project.

Your teen has so many exciting opportunities ahead, and it's never too early to start preparing for college. Encourage them to take these proactive steps and watch them soar!

Need some expert advice? Make sure to reach out! Windbourne College Consulting is here to help!

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