Top 10 Most Important Things for Sophomores to Know:

1. Stay focused on your grades and be sure you know your Grade Point Average (GPA).  Remember that each high school course you take will be listed on your transcript along with the grade you receive in each course.  Your transcript is one of four primary sources of data that colleges will use to determine your eligibility for admission.  Colleges want to see that you chose to take rigorous courses and that you earned good grades in those courses. The other three important sources of data colleges will look for are your ACT (or SAT) score, your extracurricular activities, and your personal statement.

2. Make up lost credit now if necessary.  If you have lost credit in one or more courses, you should speak to your counselor as soon as possible about when and how to make up that credit.  Once a student loses more than three credits, he/she is considered to be NOT on track for graduation.  GLHS offers several ways to recover lost credit - see your counselor soon to get yourself back on track to graduate with your class.

3. Get involved!  It is important to get involved with at least one or two clubs or activities inside or outside of school. You will have fun connecting with others who have similar interests.  You may also (hopefully) have an opportunity to take a leadership role within those organizations- something colleges will look upon favorably.

4. All sophomores will take the ACT- PLAN in October.  The ACT PLAN is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.  PLAN serves as the midpoint measure of academic progress in ACT's College and Career Readiness System.

5. Consider taking the PSAT exam in October.  It is good practice to sit for the PSAT exam this year, even though you cannot qualify for the National Merit Scholarship awards until your junior year.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:

  • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.

  • See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.

  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).

  • Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.

  • Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.

See your counselor for more information about registering for the PSAT.

6. Choose 10th and 11th grade courses carefully.  Remember that rigor is important. You also want to choose courses that are related to your future career goals if possible.

7. Start researching careers and colleges online.  Career Cruising is excellent resource.           

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8. Start visiting colleges!  It’s never too early to start visiting college campuses.  Be sure to call the admissions office of the college prior to your visit, as there may be a special event or group tour taking place around the time you plan to be there.  You will also probably learn more about the college if you have the opportunity to meet with someone from the admissions office.  Even if you think you know where you want to attend college, it is still a good idea to explore all of your options by visiting schools with small, medium-sized and large student populations.

9. Attend Dr. Frank Bernier’s College Planning 101 seminar in the fall.  Dr. Bernier has a wealth of information to share with students and parents/guardians about anything and everything related to the college admissions process.  He visits many of the local area high schools, including GLHS, and offers this seminar free of charge.  This event is highly recommended by our counseling office!

10. Attend the Lansing Community College Career Prep Center Visitation Day in December.  You have an incredible opportunity to attend the Career Preparation Center as a junior and/or senior!  See your counselor or go to to discover the many programs LCC has to offer. The application deadline is in February.  See your counselor for more information about the application process.