If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’ll remember our two-part series posted last June about planning the perfect summer.
With June right around the corner once again, I thought it wise to revisit that guide, reminding you of the things you can be doing while school is out for the summer. No matter where you are on the high school timeline, there are things you can do during the summer to maximize your chances of success in the college application process.
Group 1: Rising Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors – The Guide to a Productive Summer, Part 1
If you are in this group, here’s roughly what your summer to-do list should look like:
- Career and major exploration
- College research
- SAT and ACT preparation
- Soul searching – discover your passions, interests, and hobbies and (safely!) pursue them
- Volunteering and/or working, if appropriate
Just because you’re not yet at the point where you have essays and applications to work on, doesn’t mean you should be sitting around all day doing nothing. Learn more about yourself and pursue the things that fascinate you! Give back! Work, if you are able! Take a free university course online! There is so much you can do to fill those summer days so that you have a full resume ready for senior year.
Group 2: Rising Seniors – The Guide to a Productive Summer, Part 2
For you up-and-coming seniors, your summer should still consist of self-exploration and academic pursuits, but you should also be thinking about the college application process. Being out of school for three months gives you the perfect opportunity to get ahead of the game so that you’re not overwhelmed with college app tasks when all you want to do in the fall is kick back and enjoy senior year.
Your to-do list:
- Finalize your college list
- Essay brainstorming
- Create and fill out your college applications
Bonus Group: Parents!
Yes, parents have tasks, too. Regardless of where your student is on the timeline, you should use your summer to sync-up with your College Funding Advisor to make sure you are best situated to pay the college bill when the time comes.
If you are unsure where you fall on this timeline or what steps you need to take to make this your most productive summer yet, give us a call. We are here and eager to help.
And be sure to tune in to the latest episode of our podcast, Admit It, for even more helpful tips on what to do before you head back to school in the fall.
Until next time!
Director of College Admissions