College Planning and Preparation Tips for Summer Months

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

During the summer months you have a unique opportunity to focus your time on preparing and planning for college. Keep in mind that for most students, the senior year is their busiest year. In addition to working hard in classes to keep your grades up, you will be planning for homecoming, prom, graduation and other events. You may also be involved in school sports or activities, and you may even have a part-time job. When you add college preparation into that mix, it can be really overwhelming. That’s why it’s a good idea to spend as much time as possible over the summer taking care of college planning and preparation: so that you can relax and enjoy your senior year!

During the summer:

• Spend time researching potential careers and college majors.

• Consider a summer internship or volunteer opportunity in a potential career field to find out whether it is really right for you.

• Visit colleges and complete the forms in your College Entry Organizer & Journal for each visit.

• Request teacher recommendations and approach teachers about writing recommendations next year.

• Continue revising your college essays until you are confident that they showcase your best writing.

• Spend time reviewing your junior year scores on your college tests and working on any weak areas.

• Complete as many applications as you can over the summer, beginning with those that have the earliest due dates.

• Read and encourage your parent(s)/guardian(s) to read Chapters 3 and 4 of the Winning STEP® Comprehensive College Entry Preparation Guide if they have not already done so in order to fully understand the financial aid process.

• Search for scholarships now as some national college scholarships have deadlines as early as October.

• Meet with your guidance counselor to find out how else he/she can help you with your college planning.

• Take time to relax and enjoy yourself!