It’s summertime, and summer college prep may be the furthest thing from your mind. But even as you enjoy your summer break, you’d be wise to use this free time to your advantage.
If you’re a rising senior, know that September will come all too soon. By the time school starts, you should have a final list of colleges, so you can begin your applications. This fall will be a busy time, with essays, letters of recommendations, college applications, etc.
By taking advantage of these long summer days, you can get a real jump start on your college application process! Here are some tips for maximizing your summer college prep regardless of where you are in high school.
Reading will help keep your mind fresh and help build language skills. You don’t need to read classic English literature – popular young adult books will do the trick. And take a book on vacation with you!
Volunteer for an organization that you are interested in and passionate about. This is a great way to build your resume and to narrow down potential fields of interest.
Get a job
Earn some extra cash while taking on responsibility. Colleges like to see that you have taken on responsibilities outside of your schoolwork.
Make time to visit colleges you are interested in. Since school is not in session, summer may not be the most ideal time for college visits, but you can still get a feel for the place and visit again if necessary. Taking a family vacation? Plan to visit colleges along your way. You may find some hidden gems that are just right for you.
Think about what you want out of your college experience
Take time to think about what you want in a school, your interests, and what you would like to get out of your college experience. Long car rides to the beach are perfect for brainstorming.
Have a fun and meaningful summer!