- Get ready for the PSAT– All Sophomores at NPHS are required to take the PSAT. This test is FREE and is to your benefit because it prepares you for taking the SAT in the future. You will take this test in October of your Sophomore year. If you want to take it again as a junior, it will cost you around $15, so take advantage of the free opportunity now!
- Take the right courses– Don’t take classes just because your friends are in them! Take classes because they interest you and they help you learn about what you may want to do in the future. If you want to be a nurse, take all the math and science that you can. If you are interested in computers, take the technology classes that we offer. Also, don’t forget about Area 30! You may attend Area 30 as a Junior and can take an in-depth visit at the end of your Sophomore year.
- Remember what colleges are looking for– Colleges are interested in GPA (grade point average), the classes you take each year, and the activities you are involved in. Be sure to work in each of these areas to have a great overall image for colleges. If you have a 4.0 GPA but did no community service or club activities, that is a problem. Likewise, if you have a 1.0 GPA and were involved in every club that was offered, that doesn’t work either. Sophomore year is about balancing these three areas.
- Continue to research colleges– Starting next year, you can take college visits. Really think about the schools and majors that you are interested in. Come to the college resource room in the Guidance Office and browse through our college brochures. Take as many as you like! Also, you may use the computer in our resource room to look at different college websites. Continue the search to find what is right for you!
For Your Sophomore Eyes Only
Sophomore year is full of challenges, especially in the classroom, because almost all of your classes this year are required for graduation. Here are some tips to help you this year: