A year of high school behind you. And your whole future ahead. It’s your sophomore year. You’ve learned the school, you know the best spots, and your classes are going well. You may be thinking it’s all easy from here, but don’t let yourself slip up. You have to stay focused to keep on track.

PLANNING CHECKLIST FOR SOPHOMORES

Graduation will be here before you know it. The following checklist will help you to be prepared for what’s ahead. Read through the list items and follow the links to work through each one.

1. Read LEARN MORE magazine

Take some time to read through your Learn More magazine. It’s all about thinking about your career, planning for college and paying for it all. You should have gotten a copy from your school. You can also download a copy here.

2. Review and update your high school graduation plan

Meet with your guidance counselor at the beginning of the year to make sure your graduation plan reflects your college and career goals. If you have been keeping track of your plan online, login in to Indiana Career Explorer to review it and make any necessary adjustments in your class schedule as soon as possible. Learn more about graduation plans here.

3. Sign up for the PSAT

As a sophomore, you should sign up to take the PSAT – it’s free for Indiana sophomores. It will help you get ready for college entrance exams and a high score may open up scholarship opportunities. Learn more about entrance exams here.

4. Participate in extracurricular activities

Be sure to participate in activities in and out of school. These will help you meet great friends, and add experience to your college applications. Learn more about extracurricular activities here.

5. Talk to your parents about money

Start saving for college now! Talk to your parents about opening an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan. If you already have an account set up, great job! You can help your parents save by setting aside allowance and birthday money that can go in to your account. You can login or sign up for an account at CollegeChoiceDirect.com.

6. 21st CENTURY SCHOLARS: Complete your requirements

If you’re a 21st Century Scholar you will need to complete three activities each year as part of the Scholar Success Program. Track your progress online and complete the requirements by logging in to your ScholarTrack account.

CAREER

Planning your path

STEP

1

Find what career might be the perfect fit for you.

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COLLEGE

Preparing, applying and transferring

STEP

2

Discover where you can go to get the degree you want.

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COST

Financial aid and saving

STEP

3

Figure out how you can pay for it all.

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