Maybe sophomore year has been your main character moment, or maybe you’ve contracted a case of the sophomore slumps and need a vibe check. It’s a weird place to be—not yet an upperclassman, but not the new kid on the block, either. You’re probably super busy with life and school and family and work and we get that your future career goals might not be high on your to-do list. 

That’s why we’ve created a list of 4 things that you actually should consider doing during your sophomore year. 


1. Consider your future job or career

It’s possible that you have no idea what you plan to do when you graduate high school, and that’s OK! If it feels too far away or too overwhelming, just start small, like taking a career evaluation quiz. Whether it’s spot-on or not, it can help begin the process of deciding what you may want to do after high school. Second, think about what you’re good at, what other people have said you’re good at and what you enjoy doing. Then, talk to successful adults about how those things can relate to a job or career.

2. Consider hot to pay for post-high school education

College can be expensive. Iykyk. Fortunately for you, most Indiana students don’t end up paying full price to go to college. That’s because there are tons of scholarships and financial aid that you can qualify for by filing the FAFSA.

There are also other post-high school options besides a 4-year degree to consider, like a licensure program, certification track or a 2-year degree. Pro Tip: If you’re interested in pursuing a career in one of these high-demand fields, the state will actually pay the cost for you to complete the training!

3. Consider getting work experience

A lot of us had absolutely no clue what we wanted to do after high school graduation. One way to help find some clarity is to get work experience. Ask if you can shadow someone at their job, find a high school internship or apply to a part-time job. Getting yourself out there will help with your social life, too. 

4. Consider the good things

All this talk about your future is high-key stressful. But don’t spend all your time panicking about the future. Enjoy the present, spend time with friends, find hobbies or volunteer for something you’re passionate about. Just make sure to learn all that you can in classes and graduate with no regrets about how you performed in school. And remember, you still have time to figure it out!

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