Welcome back to school! Milestones for the Fall Semester

Whether you're a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, these tips can help you make your high school years fun and rewarding.
Welcome back to school! Milestones for the Fall Semester -

Hope you are enjoying your fall semester!  Continue volunteering when you can.  If available in your area, Key Club provides great volunteer opportunities.  Start looking for scholarships early and often, every little bit helps.  Remember to apply for a SWENext award

Here are some other helpful tips for your class year:


  • Find a study buddy to make learning easier and more fun, and increase your success rate.
  • Get involved with school activities that interest you or a SWENext Club.


  • Sign up for the PSAT- taking the test during your Sophomore year is a great practice run before your Junior year scores are used for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  Learn more here!


  • Sign up for and take the PSAT.  These scores are used to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
  • Talk to your guidance counselor about the college application process.
  • Develop a list of schools you want to apply to.


  • Sign up for the SAT/ACT if still needed.  Remember you can retake them if you want to improve your scores.
  • Take the SAT Subject Tests if required.
  •  College Applications:
      • Recommendation Letters- ask 2 teachers you are close to or whose classes you did well in.
      • Essay- send first drafts to teachers/counselors.
      • Send official high school transcripts.
      • Send SAT/SAT Subject Test/ACT scores.
  • Start the application process for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when it opens on October 1.  Colleges use the FAFSA to determine financial aid awards.
  • Visit any schools you want to apply to but didn’t have time to see over the summer.

This post was assembled by the FY22 SWENext Programs Transitions Workgroup

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