High school juniors and seniors are well into their college preparation. But college counselor Lisa Micele says it’s not too early for sophomores to start planning.
6 Tips For Sophomore Students
- If you participated in any practice tests this year (i.e. practice ACT or a practice to the PSAT you will take as a junior), now is the time to correct your mistakes. Review your results with your school counselor and seek assistance from your high school English, science and math teachers to correct mistakes as well. Use free online test preparation tools. Your practice PSAT, for instance, will connect you to Khan Academy (in partnership with the College Board).
- Begin to take more ownership of your education. Take the initiative to talk with teachers. If you are seeking advice on how to best prepare for the next test, or you need help finding summer opportunities, you (as the student) should reach out to your school counselor, teachers and mentors. And, if you need a letter of recommendation to endorse you for any summer opportunity, this request should come from you (and not your parents).
- Start creating your profile on free scholarship search engines. Here are two great sites to get you started: Cappex and Fastweb.
- Keep a journal. Write down your thoughts as you begin to think more deeply about your likes, dislikes, hopes and desires for the future. College planning starts with you knowing yourself first — not grabbing a list of colleges. Here are a few sample questions to get you started. Be open to this journey of self-discovery, and embrace the fact that you will grow and change over time.
- Nothing is more important than a strong high-school curriculum. Review your course schedule plans for next year with your school counselor and parent/guardian. While you do not need to declare a major in order to apply to college, if you are showing natural curiosities in an academic area, see what advanced courses, electives, online learning or community resources can feed this interest.
- Summer is right around the corner. You should seek a balance of organized activities with fun downtime. Share your hopes for summer with your parent(s) or guardian(s), and make sure that you show initiative in planning out a summer that is rewarding to you both intellectually and socially. Do you have a genuine desire to serve others? Check out local volunteer efforts that are happening in your backyard, and don’t forget about simply reaching out to a friend in need. Summer employment may be in your future, too.
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President Donald Trump likes winning. But on Friday he failed.
Lacking sufficient support, Republicans were forced to pull their bill to replace Obamacare from the floor of the GOP-controlled House.
Speaking soon after accepting defeat, Trump didn’t shoulder the responsibility himself, nor did he pin the blame on House GOP leadership or any of the warring Republican factions’ whose competing demands ultimately sunk any chance of a consensus bill.
Instead, he blamed Democrats and vowed to let Obamacare “explode.”
“We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very very difficult thing to do,” Trump said. “I think the losers are (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi and (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare. 100% own it.”
The words flew in the face of Trump’s intense and personal engagement in lobbying members of Congress to support the House bill, efforts the White House touted in recent days as they hinted at Trump’s negotiating expertise.
That tune changed on Friday after Trump’s first legislative failure, when Trump dubbed himself a mere “team player.”
READ MORE HERE – Trump’s art of no deal: Find someone to blame – CNNPolitics.com
Donald Trump ran for office as a man of the people, but his rich-and-famous lifestyle is costing Americans a bundle.
How many Americans does it take to keep President Trump and his family in the lifestyle to which they are accustomed?
Well, think of it this way. The Post this week had a scoop on the Secret Service requesting an additional $60 million in its next budget: $27 million to protect the president’s wife and son in their three-floor penthouse at Trump Tower in New York, where they live instead of the White House, and $33 million for additional travel costs.
The average family of four in the United States pays about $4,000 a year in federal income taxes. That means the entire tax bill for 15,000 families for the year will go toward these additional protection measures for Trump. And the Secret Service is just a slice of the overall expense. Figure in costs incurred by authorities in Florida and New York, the Pentagon and others, and costs related to the Trump sons’ international business trips, and we’re well over $100 million a year.
READ MORE HERE: Brace yourself, taxpayers: Trump’s plutocracy doesn’t come cheap – The Washington Post
Trump-DeVos budget promises millions for voucher schemes that provide a false choice for students, families.
Parents, educators, and lawmakers who support public schools are banding together on behalf of students and leading a strong resistance against using public tax dollars to pay for tuition at private schools.
Source: Voucher legislation meets resistance from educators, parents, and elected leaders – Education Votes
As NEA begins nominations for the 2017 Social Justice Activist of the Year Award, we had the opportunity to catch up with last year’s awesome winners—the Union City Educators.
As NEA begins nominations for the 2017 Social Justice Activist of the Year Award, we had the opportunity to catch up with last year’s awesome winners-the Union City Educators.
Source: Award-winning educators counter racism and xenophobia in schools – Education Votes
With more than $9 billion in education cuts in the Trump-DeVos budget, here are 5 programs that will be seeing a massive impact.
Source: 5 education programs that will lose big under the Trump-DeVos budget – Education Votes
This week the US Supreme Court unanimously rejected Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch’s bare minimum education standard for students with disabilities.
Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had a bad, bad week: the US Supreme Court unanimously rejected his ruling on students with disabilities, and educators came to town to say he’s wrong for the Supreme Cou
Source: Educators give senators an earful: students with disabilities deserve better than Gorsuch – Education Votes
For many, the ties between investment bank Goldman Sachs and the government (particularly the Trump Administration) is very worrisome.
It seems as though Trump is trying to drain the swamp by forcing it to overflow; last week, he nominated Goldman managing director James Donovan to the post of deputy Treasury secretary, to serve alongside the department’s secretary, Steven Mnuchin — another former Goldman bigwig.
… read more. by Niv SultanSource: The revolving door always spins for Goldman Sachs — by design
This data on executive branch personal finances gives an inside look at the financial interests of what is likely the wealthiest cabinet in modern history.
The Center for Responsive Politics is releasing new personal financial data for members of the Trump administration. But there’s a big hole: We still await legally required financial disclosures from members of the Executive Office of the President. … read more by Alex Baumgart
Source: OpenSecrets adds data on executive branch personal finances – but White House officials have yet to file disclosures