Yeah, big sophomore!
You’ve made it through freshman year, and now you aren’t the newbie. Nice work. Shmoop knows what sophomore year is all about: learner’s permits, feeling cool because you’re in classes with juniors (go you, taking harder classes), and not having to use a map to find your classes on the first day.
While reveling in your newfound wisdom, make sure you’re moving in the right direction for college: what can you do during your sophomore year (besides begging your parents to take the minivan out for a spin)?
Sophomore year at school
Challenge yourself with demanding courses. Go for Honors classes. Take AP Classes if you've met all the prerequisites and if they are available. Remember, a B in AP Physics will be more impressive than an A+ in Beginner Noodle Making. Unless you are applying to Santa Barbara Noodle College.
Push yourself for good grades, they are important. How important are good grades? Short answer: super important. Struggling? Let Shmoop help with some handy Study Guides. If you need additional help, try reaching out to your teachers and being more active in class.
Sophomore year is a great time to think about your interests and skills. If you didn’t quite find an activity you love during freshman year, try a new sport or club. There’s no better time than now to explore your interests and acquire new skills. Try entering in some competitions. Interested in science? Try the Intel Science and Engineering Fair. Interested in Politics? Try joining a local Model United Nations Group. Take a look at Tasty Bits: Competitions for more ideas.
Build Your Brag Sheet. This sheet will eventually be filled with all the wonderful things you have done, so get started now. Join some clubs, go the extra mile in class, get to know your teachers well. As a sophomore, you may be able to take on some leadership positions. Take on the challenge. When the time comes and you need letters of rec, you want to give teachers every reason to write about how amazing you are.