Sophomore Year Timeline
Career (W), College (C), Service Academy (S), Military (M), Athlete (A)
Fall [August – November]
Take the PSAT.
(C | S | A) Students who are considering attending a four-year college or service academy would very much benefit from taking the PSAT as a 10th grade student. It is a good idea to do a trial run before you sit for the SAT as a Junior because the PSAT provides valuable feedback on your AP Course Potential, college readiness and a free & personalized plan to help you start getting ready for the SAT — and for college.
You will be able to register for the PSAT/NMSQT in the School Counseling Office. Registration typically takes place during September and the test itself usually takes place in October.
Sign up for college rep visits at SHS.
(W | C) In the Fall the SHS Counseling Office will have representatives from various colleges, universities, trade schools and technical schools come in to promote their schools. Attending these visits can provide students with information about these schools that may not be readily available online and dates for open houses. These visits can also count as a field experience towards the Graduation Project for students. Students can sign up for these visits on Naviance.
Attend college & career fairs.
(W | C | S | M | A) Often these fairs take place in the fall at various high schools and local colleges & universities. In York County, the Pennsylvania Association of College Admissions Counseling (PACAC) College Fair typically occurs in October at a local college. These fairs are a great way to learn more about these schools and/or careers from experts. Visiting two booths at these events counts as a field experience towards the Graduation Project for students.
Continue saving for college.
(C) Learning about financial aid early on can also help you down the road. Know that the SHS Counseling Office puts on a Financial Aid Night every September. Though meant for juniors and seniors, attending can give you some knowledge about what to consider for saving up for a traditional college if you’re thinking about going that route.
Winter [December – February]
Re-explore summer opportunities.
(W | C) Whether or not you looked into enrichment programs last year, doing so as a sophomore is still encouraged. You can re-apply or re-visit ones you considered last year or look for new ones.
(W | C) If thinking about possibly entering the work force directly from high school look for a summer job, internship, or volunteer position in a related field. This will help you learn more about that field. If thinking about possibly attending a more selective school – such as an Ivy League or US News “Top 20” school – consider doing a summer internship, college enrichment program, or a research opportunity.
(W | C) These summer activities can be found on Naviance under the “Colleges” Tab under the “enrichment programs” link. Many summer internship, college enrichment program, and research opportunities have applications due by the end of February.
(A) If thinking about doing a sport at the collegiate level, consider attending a camp to improve your skills.
Select 11th grade courses related to your post-secondary plans.
(W | C | S | A) When it comes time to request courses for next year’s schedule, it is important to consider how the ones that you select will prepare you for what you want to do after high school. Consider if the course will provide you with foundational knowledge on the type of career that you would like.
(C | S) If you are considering attending a selective school – such as an Ivy League or US News “Top 20” school – or one of the services academies then you will need to take Honors, World Language, and Advanced Placement courses to better your chances of being accepted.
(A) If you are a student athlete that is interested in Division I or Division II athletics at the collegiate level then you’ll want to make sure your course selections meet with NCAA Guidelines; Academic, Honors, World Language and AP Courses will fulfill these guidelines. By the end of your junior year you will need to have completed 10 courses that meet the NCAA Guidelines.
(C) For many schools the classes that you take in your junior year will be the most influential in their decision whether or not to accept you. Be sure to consider classes that will challenge you but do not overwhelm yourself.
Spring [March – May]
Take the Pre-ACT®.
(C | S ) Students who are considering attending a four-year college or service academy and majoring in a S.T.E.M. related field would very much benefit from taking the Pre-ACT which is only available to 10th grade students. The Pre-ACT is a valuable test to help you prepare for the ACT, which you can take next year. Much like the PSAT provides valuable feedback to get ready for the SAT, the Pre-ACT will do so for the ACT.
You will be able to register for the Pre-ACT in the School Counseling Office. Registration typically takes place during January and the test itself usually takes place in March.
Attend The Susquehannock College & Career Fair.
(W | C | M) Susquehannock High School often hosts a college & career fair on the grounds in mid- to late March. This fair is an excellent opportunity for many underclassmen to meet college admissions, military, or business representatives in a formal setting for the first time. Visiting two booths at this event counts as a field experience towards the Graduation Project for students.
Take the ASVAB.
(W | S | M) The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) could be one of the most important tests you ever take. The test is a great career assessment tool that can help you identify which career areas best suit you. Because this is an aptitude test it doesn’t just tell you what you are currently good at, it will also tell you what you may be good at learning. Not only may the ASVAB provide possible career paths for people entering the military, but it can also provide a back up plan for people who take it.
Sign up for career visitors at SHS.
(W | C) Throughout the school year the SHS Counseling Office will have representatives from various jobs and careers fields come in to discuss the knowledge, certifications, responsibilities, and expectations required for their position. Attending these visits can provide students with a practical experience to learn from an expert in a desired field while also establishing a connection to possibly shadow that individual. These visits can also count as a field experience towards the Graduation Project for students. Students can sign up for these visits on Naviance.
Consider Taking SAT Subject Tests.
(C | S) If thinking about possibly attending a more selective school – such as an Ivy League or US News “Top 20” school – consider taking the SAT Subject Test in certain subject areas as some schools require or recommend that you take them, especially if applying to take specific courses or programs. Additionally, doing this can send a strong message to colleges about your interest in specific majors or programs. It is typically recommended that you take these exams in May or June – if offered – when the material remains fresh in your mind.
Think about shadowing a professional.
(W | C) Think about setting up an opportunity to shadow a professional in a field/career that you’re interested in. This may possibly help you with landing an internship or job with that individual/at that company in the future. If you want to pursue a major related to that field/career this might help you to determine if you enjoy the duties and tasks related to the field/career. If you do shadow somebody it can count as a field experience towards the Graduation Project for students.
Participate in summer opportunities.
(W | C) If you looked into and applied for a summer job, internship, or volunteer position during the winter you should have received the results of your application by now. If accepted, it is important to follow through if time and money permit so that you can establish strong relationships with potential references, contacts, or professors.
(C | A) If possible, take advantage of vacation or other family travel time to visit colleges and see what they’re like. Even if you have no interest in attending the college you are visiting, it will help you learn what to look for in a college. Campus tour visits can count as a field experience towards the Graduation Project for students. If you cannot visit a college in person consider visiting one virtually through https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch.
Continue to research schools.
(C | S | A) It is important that, if you’re considering going on to a college, university, trade school or technical school that you start researching the options available to you more seriously. There are numerous resources available to you but Susquehannock’s Naviance/Family Connection site and CollegeBoard’s website can be accessed for free. Students and parents are highly encouraged to save any schools that they’re thinking about applying to under their Naviance profile. This allows their school counselor to forward exclusive information from these schools to the student’s school e-mail account/the parent’s e-mail personal account. If you find out about the entrance requirements for schools you’re interested in you can do everything in your power to reach them over your last two years of high school.