A Letter to Sophomores

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It's Wednesday, which means it's my first day of school! I'm a senior so I'm excited for the new year as well as nervous. I can't believe summer is actually ending as it feels like I started my junior year yesterday!

Anyways, I am back today sharing my tips for high school sophomores. This post is part of a mini series on Chic in Carolina as I shared my tips for freshmen yesterday and will be sharing my tips for juniors tomorrow!

It's ok to do things on your own. Honestly, before sophomore year, I was not very comfortable going into something without a friend whether that be a club, a class, or whatever. I had quite a few classes sophomore year without any of my close friends in them and it definitely taught me that it's okay and actually good to do things on your own. Don't not sign up for something you're interesting in or don't take a class just because you don't have friends in it!

It doesn't really matter when you get your driver's license. Most people turn 16 during their sophomore year and it depends on what state you live in but if your state is like mine, most people get their driver's license or are eligible to get their driver's license during their sophomore year. But at the end of the day it doesn't matter if you're the first or the last of your friend group to get your license! I actually failed the driving test the first time I took it and remember thinking that waiting a week was such a long time and that I was never going to get my license! Looking back at it, it was so silly to stress so much about it because it honestly doesn't matter!

Keep your grades up. Continue to study hard and put full effort into your school work! You'll definitely thank yourself later!

Talk to your parents about college. College seems so far during sophomore year but it's definitely never to early to think about it. Asking your parents some of the harder questions about college is so helpful so you know what to look for in colleges is important! Budget is definitely one of those questions and knowing your financial state (How much are your parents willing to pay?, Is it all on you?, Will you be applying for loans?, etc.) early is good for planning ahead for scholarships and making a smart decision down the road.

Be involved. Sense a trend yet? Involvement is such an important part of high school. During sophomore year, continue to participate in the organizations you joined last year and join one or two (or more depending on how busy you are) more!

It may not look like it now, but enjoy every moment of sophomore year. Right now, I would definitely say sophomore year was my favorite year of high school so far. Did I think that during sophomore year? Nope! I remember hearing upperclassmen say that sophomore year was their favorite year when I was a sophomore and just rolling my eyes but looking back at it, I totally agree! Even if your don't think this will be true, enjoy it!

What tips do you have for high school sophomores? Are you a rising sophomore? Let me know in the comments!

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