Many students think that the summer before their senior year of high school should be spent relaxing and enjoying that final high school summer. But if you are serious about going to college, getting as much of the college admissions process out of the way will increase your chances of having a smooth last year of high school. Over the next two weeks, we will be writing about things to do during the summer before your senior year. By following these tips, you will have more time to work on your schoolwork in the fall semester, which colleges look at very closely, enjoy the extracurricular activities that you are involved in, and hopefully have a fun senior year.
1. Think about and outline a college essay.
More colleges are using the ‘College Application’ and you will most likely apply to one that uses it for their admissions process. For a list of topics to practice and outline, contact us and we can get you started and help you with any of the topics you want to write about.
2. Make a list of qualities you would like in a college.
Even though you will spend a ton of your time studying, you definitely need to make sure the college you want to attend has the qualities that make your college life a great experience. Do you want a city or rural college atmosphere? Are athletics or intramural sports important? What’s the quality of the facilities on campus? What is the tastiness factor of the dining hall food? What is the professor-to-student ratio? What is the male-to-female ratio? Is the weather something you need to be concerned about?
3. Develop your personal interests.
Remember that colleges really want you to be passionate about something specific. So, if you play a musical instrument, take extra lessons over the summer. If you are play a sport, participate in a summer league. If you love working with children, volunteer at a Boys and Girls Club or YMCA. Admissions officers love it when you can bring something unique about yourself to their campus and a personal interest may help you stand out.
4. Get a summer job.
Admissions officers admit that personal responsibility is a vital trait they are looking for. And, having a job definitely shows responsibility. It doesn’t matter what type of job you have, colleges will look at any job experience favorably.
5. Think about a potential career.
Even though you may not have any clue as to what you want to do for a career, especially at the age of 17 or 18, put some thought into thinking about potential careers that match your interests. When you are driving around, at the mall, or even on vacation, look at the people working and ask yourself, “Could I see myself doing that as my career?” This may spark some interest and may even get you thinking about a possible major once college arrives.
We will continue with some more tips on what you should do the summer before your senior year of high school, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about how to prepare for college, please don’t hesitate to call us and set up an appointment.