Class of 2021
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Prepare for Sophomore Year
What to Expect Sophomore Year
This year might include moving from the junior high to senior high building, or it might just mean the stress of being a freshman is over. Whether it’s a change of scenery or not, hopefully your comfort levels are up and stress levels are down.
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 establishing your college and career goals. Keeping your “eyes on the prize”—your college and career goals—this year will help motivate you to do your best.
"Think Out Loud" About Your Future
Sophomore year is an excellent time for career exploration.
It’s early enough that you don’t have to worry about college applications, and you can spend time taking note of your interests and skills to discover which paths you should take to reach your future goals.
There are a number of ways you can explore careers. In fact, you might have already done some exploration as part of a career component in class or even a career day at your school.
If you haven’t, a good place to start is by becoming an “expert on you.” Try thinking about what you do well and what you enjoy doing. To help you do this, consider creating an account and taking an interest inventory.
Don't do it alone.
Journeying through high school and planning for college may seem a little scary if you go at it alone. Instead get out there and talk with older students and adults about your interests what career options are available for you.
Here are 6 more social activities to consider doing throughout the year that can help you hone in on your interests and plan for a successful future.
- Do some volunteer work for a local nonprofit group or volunteer organization, especially one that looks interesting to you.
- Talk to the adults in your life about their careers and what they like best about them.
- "Job shadow" at a business that sounds interesting to you.
- Set up regular meetings with your school counselor about career options.
- Find a mentor—a person with knowledge and experience who can help you figure out your career goals.
- Talk with classmates who have similar goals about how they plan to get there.
One Last Thing
After all this, remember you don’t have to know exactly what path you’ll take after high school just yet, or even how to find it. Your career goals today don’t have to be your goals tomorrow.
But you can start to set a course based on the things you enjoy doing and what kinds of college and/or career paths might be the best fit for you.