Sophomore Advisory Curriculum

These assignments are required for the Mt. Ararat High School Advisory Program.

Students should create a folder on their laptop titled "Advisory" to store their work for the year.




Quarter 1 Activities

-Complete "Goal and Reflection-beginning of the year." Log on to Family Connection and find this assignment in the "tasks that were assigned to me" under the "my planner" tab.

-Budget Brainstorming-
          -If you were living on your own right now, what would you need money for? It is a good idea when planning for                         your future that you have an idea what you will need to support yourself. Think about what it will be like
                      to live on your own and brainstorm a list of everything you might need to pay for every month. Do this
                      individually or in a group and discuss your ideas with your advisor.
          Resources:
          -Reality Check- What Kind of Lifestyle Do You Want? This online activity will help you start thinking about
           possible expenses in life and how much you need to make to be able to pay for the lifestyle you want.
          -Determining Your Budget- an online activity you can simulate to start thinking about making a budget
          -Salary Expert- will help you determine what you would make in a given area of the country with 
 
            *Note: This activity should be based off of what the starting salary/pay would be for the chosen career, not an 
            average. Also, research budget costs based off of where you want to live someday. For example, the cost of l 
            living in San Francisco, CA would be different than in Portland, ME



Quarter 2 Activities

-Monthly Budget Simulation Actvitiy- (Google document/PDF)
           -Based on a rough estimate of what you might make per month in a career you are interested in, figure out   
            how to pay for monthly expenses while staying within the amount of money you would earn. Use the internet,
            discuss with your advisor, or interview other adults to figure out how much money you may need to afford 
            things on your budget.
           
           *Note: This activity should be based off of what the starting salary/pay would be for the chosen career, not an
            average. Also, research budget costs based off of where you want to live someday. For example, the cost of l 
            living in San Francisco, CA would be different than in Portland, ME



Quarter 3 Activities

-Unexpected Expenses Budget Activity-
            -Now that you have figured out a monthly budget, figure out how to adjust your budget to meet some
            additional needs. Use the same budget chart worksheet from last quarter.

-Budget Reflection- think about your process and put together a presentation about what you have learned


Quarter 4 Activities

 -Budget Presentation - Product Descriptor 

-Complete a college visit-
            -At some point in the year, visit a college and do a college tour. You can do this with school or with your
           family.  If you do an independent campus visit, fill out the form as evidence.
             -After each college visit, record your notes and reflections on the visit here and show to your advisory.

 

               Reminder: You should send a thank you note to the Admissions office. If you remember the names of people you met with and your tour guide, be sure to include mention of them and perhaps some specifics that made a difference in your visit.


-Review your goals from the beginning of the year. Did you meet them? Is there still room for improvement? Discuss your progress and your goals for next year with your advisor or advisory group.
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