- Respond to materials you are getting from your intended college in a timely manner. Take advantage of pre-orientation programs if offered.
- Prepare well for orientation by reviewing your course options and developing a list of questions for your advisor.
- Shore up skills such as time management by determining your planning strategies in college (planner, calendars). Put in place a “toolbox” of stress-busting strategies such as meditation apps for your smart phone, and specific plans for regular exercise. Be sure to identify which club/activity you will join once you get to campus.
- If you want to defer college, check the policy of your chosen college. While most will grant the request, others will ask you to reapply if you withdraw.
- Ask teachers for recommendations and complete forms for them and for your guidance counselor by the end of the school year or by their deadline.
- Draft your activities resume for later use in your application.
- Register for SAT and ACT now if you have not yet done so and start your studying at least a month before the target test date.
- Make plans to take both a practice SAT and ACT to determine which test is a better fit for you. Share your results with us so we can create a testing plan for the coming year.
- Work with us to make a list of activities so you can evaluate and see if you may want to pursue an additional interest this summer or next school year.
- Interested in understanding your strengths and how they apply to careers? Contact us to arrange an online assessment.
- Finish the year strong by studying for tests, quizzes, and going the extra mile on papers and projects. Remember, the work you do now will prepare you for next school year.
- If you haven’t yet found a job or meaningful volunteer work, take a class or pursue one of your hobbies in depth (or find a new interest). Don’t be idle.
- Find a book and keep reading all summer (see our list of suggestions in this issue).