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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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What to Expect After Sophomore Year?

Hey guys! I'm just starting to plan ahead and was wondering, what should I be preparing for after sophomore year ends? Any critical checkpoints or things I should be aware of as I head into junior year?

8 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're thinking ahead. The summer after sophomore year is a perfect time to begin exploring interests more deeply—this could mean internships, summer programs, or starting a significant project that you're passionate about. As you head into junior year, prepare to take on more advanced coursework, as this will demonstrate rigor to colleges. If you haven't started already, it’s also a good time to start preparing for standardized tests like the SAT or ACT. Planning to take them in the spring of junior year can give you ample time to retake them if necessary.

Another key focus should be on deepening your involvement in extracurricular activities. Leadership roles or significant contributions will stand out on your college applications. And as you’ll be closer to applying to college, start researching institutions to get an idea of where you might want to apply. This can also help you understand what those colleges expect from applicants. Lastly, keep your grades up! Junior year grades are often the last full school year of grades that colleges will see before you apply. Keep those lines of communication open with your school counselor to ensure you're on track and make the most of your junior year.

8 months ago

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