Class of 2021
Ready or Not —Sophomore Year is Here
Get ready to take on 10th grade
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
The stress of being a freshman is over. Your comfort levels are up and stress levels are down, now that you know what to expect from high school. Your tenth-grade year is a great time to stretch yourself and try new things—new activities, new kinds of classes, new challenges. It’s also a “directional” year—a time for you to start figuring out your college and career goals. In other words, it’s time to start thinking about what comes next.
The key to your future is determining your goals, and then planning your path to achieve those goals. Keeping your “eyes on the prize”—your college and career goals—throughout high school will keep you motivated to do your best.
You don’t have to know exactly what path you’ll take after high school just yet, or even how to find it, now you can set a course based on the things you enjoy doing and what kinds of college and career paths might be the best fit for you.
- Understanding the courses you should take and how they can help you become ready for college
- Beginning your college search and comparing your options
- Figuring out your interests and skills
- Looking at jobs and volunteer opportunities that help you build connections and develop work skills
- JOIN IN ON CLASS DISCUSSIONS. Don’t sit quietly in the back—get engaged in the classroom.
- ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND SOMETHING. As the old adage goes: if you didn’t understand it, there’s a good chance others didn’t either.
- KEEP UP WITH CLASS ASSIGNMENTS. Keep a checklist of when they’re due—or finish them before the due date.
- CHECK FOR PHONE APPS to remind you about deadlines, assignments, and exams.
- Being a good coach
- Empowering team members
- Creating an inclusive team environment, showing concern for success and well-being
- Being productive and results oriented
- Being a good communicator
- Supporting career development and discussing performance
- Having a clear vision/strategy for the team
- Having key technical skills to help advise the team
Google’s successful management and team qualities closely align to the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills that are increasingly being taught and measured in US schools. This means a greater emphasis on SEL skills could have a long-term impact on your academic career, your professional career and your lifetime success.