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College Planning Checklist - Sophmore Year
Summary: Checklist for Sophomore Year

SOPHOMORE YEAR


Fall Semester
* Consider taking the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) or PLAN (Preliminary American College Test) tests, the practice exams for the SAT and ACT tests most colleges require for admission.  The PSAT is offered on campus in October.

* Continue to do well in all your classes.  Many colleges such as the California State Universities (CSUs) and the University of California (UCs) focus on your grades from sophomore and junior years so give your best effort.  Ask for help if needed.

* Sustain participation in extra-curricular activities.  Pick activities that will hold your interest and inspire you to lead and achieve.

* If your grades qualify you for California Scholarship Federation (CSF) membership or National Hispanic Honor Society, make sure you apply every semester to maintain your active status.  Listen to the bulletin or visit the high school website for more information.  Applications are at the Student Activities window.

Spring Semester
* During winter break, remain committed to school.  Work with your teachers to make a plan for maintaining or improving your second semester grades.  

* Continue researching and thinking about possible college majors and career options that will help you to achieve your goals.

* Plan ahead to make the most of your summer.  Taking a college summer course, participating in special programs (camps, internships, etc), volunteering, traveling or working, will expand your horizons as well as your college options.

* Update your Academic Resume.

Summer Break
* It ís OK to relax over summer reading a good book will continue to build your vocabulary.  Complete all honors and AP summer assignments in a timely manner.

* Keep a journal of experiences that have been particularly meaningful to you and might become the subject of your college essays.

* Add to your college savings fund.  Consider college expenses beyond tuition so you have a realistic idea of the support you will need. Begin to look at colleges that offer considerable scholarships and/or grants.  Some awards are based on academic performance and others are based on financial need.

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