Dear Sophomore Parent:
In class in September, I gave your child a blue Guidebook to College Admission. This resource was developed to help your child make good decisions for the future. If your child received this guidebook, he or she should be planning on going to college after high school. That might be a four year university, a community college, or a technical school. I am working with the students in English classes with the Guidebooks. In November I plan to send them home with your child so that you may take a look at it, too.
If a four-year university is the plan, there is no mystery about what it takes to be accepted to college. Whether students are striving for acceptance to a super-selective Ivy League school or a small liberal arts school that accepts most applicants, here are the requirements in order of importance:
If the plan is to attend a community college, sophomores need to work hard in college prep classes. Even though there are no admissions requirements (besides a high school diploma) to be accepted to a community college, the harder students work now, the easier the transition will be to college. All community colleges require applicants to meet minimum scores on a placement test. If students don’t meet those minimum scores, they will be required to take remedial courses which takes up valuable time and money. Students should learn all they can here for free!
There are some great vocational schools for students who want to concentrate on learning a skill. Sophomores should be thinking about what they want to spend the rest of their lives doing, (i.e., business, technology, automotives, cosmetology, etc.). Keep in mind that Americans spend about 66% of their lifespan working, so people should enjoy what they do!
Sophomore year is wonderful; all they have to do is learn as much as they can in their courses and get good grades.
Sincerely, Sarah Blackburn