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Sophomore Parent Newsletter - Summer

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Primer for Sophomore Year: It's Never Too Early!

As the parent of a high school sophomore, you know it's never too early to begin preparing for college.

Throughout their sophomore year, it's important to make sure students are doing as well as they can by paying attention to their study habits. Are they proactive when it comes to coursework? Do they ask for help when needed? Students need to understand that if they are not doing as well as they expect, their schools have resources to help them.

Speaking of resources, your child's guidance counselors are an invaluable source of knowledge and information. They can help you navigate the PLAN test (held in October) as well as help with selection of AP classes and extracurricular activities. Now is the perfect time for students to focus on two or three clubs that appeal to them, rather than cramming too many activities at the last minute during their senior year in the hopes of loading up their transcripts. Colleges pay attention to the bigger picture.

Sophomore year also is an excellent time for you and your child to begin researching colleges. Do they have a career in mind at this point? If so, begin zeroing in on schools that offer programs in their area of interest. It's never too early to ask friends why their child chose a specific college. What majors did their children choose? How did they maneuver the financial aid landscape? Draw on their experiences to inform your own decision.

Students are far likelier to excel in an atmosphere that best suits their academic strengths and personal needs—and one that suits your budget. Also, keep in mind that the process is only beginning and avoid the temptation to pressure your child about decisions at this point.

St. John's University is dedicated to providing students with every opportunity for an outstanding Catholic higher education, and we want to supply you with the tools and information to guide your child to a great college experience. Look for our quarterly newsletters in your inbox – we will keep you on track and aware of important deadlines in your child’s college decision.

For more helpful information, please visit Our enrollment counselors will be happy to assist you in any way possible.

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