Parents and students often ask me, "What is the best thing for me to do during the summer to prepare for a strong college application?"
Summer planning is crucial for high school students who are looking to get a head start on the college process! With the right planning and preparation, students can make the most of their summer and set themselves up for success in the college admissions process.
One of the most important things that high school students can do during the summer is to engage in activities that showcase their interests and passions. This can include internships, volunteer work, summer camps, or even starting their own business. I've even had a student create a 501c3! Students can also look at independent research opportunities with college professors or gradaute students to further explore academic interests. By pursuing their interests in a meaningful way, students can demonstrate to colleges that they are dedicated, motivated, and driven to succeed.
Summer is also a great time for students to explore new interests and try new things. This can help them to develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can set them apart from other applicants. Whether it's learning a new language, taking a college course, taking an advanced-level academic subject you are strong in, enrolling in a pre-college program on a college campus, getting a job, or joining a sports team, there are endless opportunities for students to challenge themselves and grow during the summer months.
In addition to pursuing their interests and trying new things, summer planning can also involve preparing for standardized tests like the SAT or ACT. By dedicating time to studying and practicing for these exams, students can improve their scores and increase their chances of getting into their top-choice colleges.
Finally, the summer before senior year is the optimal time to work on college applications. Students can work on their common app, essays, supplemental essays, and even visit additional colleges on their list. That way, senior year can be centered around doing well in school, being involved in activities, and having an enjoyable year!