Parents of 10th Graders
College Preparation for Sophomores: It's Spring!
Here’s an important lesson for sophomores: start thinking ahead. Sophomore year can be overwhelming, so now is the time for students and parents to set clear goals. Organization and thorough planning will reduce the stresses that often will accompany junior year.
Parents, take the lead in helping your student finalize next year’s class schedule. An impressive academic record is key to admission at most selective colleges. It's important to demonstrate a willingness to be challenged, but at the same time it's critical to not allow students overwhelm themselves.
As your family formulates summer plans, consider what colleges are close to potential vacation destinations. Visiting colleges in an informal manner is a great way to relieve the stress involved with "official" visits.
This is the time to discuss your student's summer plans, which should include a part-time job, an internship, or volunteer experience in a field of interest. Demonstrating initiative, leadership, and commitment is evidence that your student is serious about the future.
Spring also is a good opportunity to discuss when to take the SAT/ACT, and whether prep classes will help. One of the single most important discussions to have at this point is about the cost of college. Who will bear the financial burden? What are the projected costs, and what aid is available. Begin to crunch the numbers now.
St. John's University is dedicated to providing students with every opportunity for an outstanding Catholic higher education, with world-class faculty, financial aid, safe residential campuses, and career preparation. We want to supply you with the tools and information you will need to guide your child to a great college experience.
For more helpful information, please visit stjohns.edu/parents. Our enrollment counselors will be happy to assist you in any way possible.