Summer Checklist: Rising Seniors
- This is your big summer. Finally, all the weight of the college admissions process has come crashing down on you. Don’t fear, if you budget your time well, you can have a (relatively) stress-free fall semester.
- If you haven’t already started, make sure to visits some colleges you are interested in! Even though students may not be on campus, you can talk to admissions reps and tours guides to get a general feel for the school.
- Try to refine (or develop) your college list. Having a tentative list of 5-10 schools you are interested in applying to will help you get organized with applications in the fall.
- You probably took the SATs or ACTs in the spring, and you may be happy with your scores, or you may not. If it is the latter, utilize this summer to do some serious prep. Just a little practice once at day in your areas of weakness will benefit your score tremendously.
- Ah, the dreaded college essay. Hopefully you have been thinking of possible topics and can start to formulate a rough draft(or a couple rough drafts). Writing your whole essay in the fall will not be fun, so why not take advantage of all the free time you will have to mull over some ideas?
- Have an honest conversation with your parents on finances. College is extremely expensive, and can create a huge burden on a family. Discussing what you can and can’t afford will make things a lot less painful down the road.
- And again, try to continue and expand on your summer extracurriculars from the past summers.
With all this in mind, summer is really a time to relax and unwind from all the pressures of school. Don’t create unneeded worries for yourself over college and school, just do your best to utilize the time you have.