Road Map for October: Sophomores

Did you get a mid-quarter progress report recently? I hope it gives you helpful feedback about how your classes are going. Many students are finding online education to be highly challenging, and not in a good way. I’m hearing from students who have a crushing workload, are having trouble managing their time, can’t fully engage in online classes and are feeling little motivation.  If any of this sounds familiar, know that you are not alone. What to do about it? Most importantly, communicate with your parents and teachers. These are the people in the best position to support you, help you pinpoint the problems and see what solutions you can come up with.  My colleague Paul Rivas is also hosting two online events in November that might help.

Of course school work is not the only important thing, and even colleges want to see that there’s more to you than just good grades. What activities have you been able to participate in, either on your own, remotely, or in a safe, socially distanced environment? With some sports resuming and clubs restarting online, I hope you’re finding things to do that are fun and meaningful to you. These don’t have to be school-based, of course.  Whether you’re working out on your own, creating art or music at home, joining online groups or volunteering, anything you do outside of class time can help you figure out your interests, strengths, needs and goals–all the things you’ll want to be thinking about when you dive into your college search.