8 Ways to Rock Your Summer Before Senior Year
I put my pencil down and packed up my notebooks into my hunter green backpack. Then I heard it:
The sweet sound of the last bell of the school year. For students, this is one of the most beautiful sounds because it means that summer vacation has arrived.
Summer vacation is definitely a time for fun, friends, and relaxation, but it is also a great opportunity to do something meaningful and to be productive. Here is a quick checklist for high school juniors to make the most of the summer break:
- Research scholarship opportunities! There are lots of scholarships that are due in the fall, so this is a good time to get started. Scholarships360 has a searchable database to get you started!
- Work on your college list, and try to visit some campuses. Online research can be helpful, but there is no substitute for being on a college campus!
- Get a jump start on your college essays. A good rule of thumb is to have your Common Application completed, as well as a draft of your main Common Application essay.
- Double-check to see if you are done with standardized tests! This depends on the school, but at the very least, you should take either the SAT or the ACT.
Tip: for fantastic, free SAT prep, check out the Khan Academy
- Find one significant thing to do! This could include volunteering, getting a job, starting an independent project (such as learning a new language), or doing a summer program.
- Read a book for fun! Check out your local library or bookstore for ideas.
- If you have not already, think about which teachers to ask for recommendations for you. Ideally, you should ask two teachers from junior year who taught you in different subjects and know you well. (Remember to send those teachers personal thank-yous!).
- My fondest memories of the summer include waiting for the new Harry Potter books to come out, beach days with my family, and watching baseball games at night. Don’t forget to find some time to relax and have fun! It is important to recharge before the upcoming school year (especially for rising high school seniors).
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Now that you know of 8 ways to rock your summer before senior year, get started!