Start Planning Your Summer College Prep Now!

Start your summer college prep as soon as possible!

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As we get closer to summer, there’s no reason you can’t start your college prep now between your junior and senior years. Although you should still concentrate on your finals first, beginning to plan for your summer college prep now can pay off!

Internships, Extracurriculars, and Volunteer

Searching for a summer position (or one that continues into your senior year) can provide a huge boost to your college application. Start with internships. Are there any that are in line with your career or major goals? Make sure to check the area surrounding your town and city, but also consider checking places near family members you could stay with over the summer. They could live near the perfect opportunity.

For extracurricular activities, see what your town or school offers. Are there any sports you normally participate in? Whether it’s swimming, a cycling group, or a summer poetry club, join in the activities that interest you. They can help you enjoy your summer while also looking great on your college application.

When it comes to volunteering, there’s no doubt tons of options available to you. Check out local animal shelters, libraries, and summer camps to see if there are any positions available to you.

On the other side too, feel free to look for a paying job. This not only gives you savings going into college but also gives you some experience for school as well as any future jobs you may have down the road.

Start Thinking About Colleges and Majors

 Now’s also the time to start thinking about what colleges you might want to attend and any majors that interest you. Just have a running list now, of colleges and majors, that you hear of or that strike your interest even in the slightest. As it gets to later in the summer and the year, you’ll definitely want to start doing more intensive research into the schools and courses, while narrowing down to the few you’ll apply to. Summer is a great time to start visiting any colleges that seriously interest you.

You may also want to look into college summer programs. Some colleges and universities actually offer these all ages, but they could be great options when you’re becoming a senior next year. The schools hold courses for SAT/ACT prep, art, science, and more, while also giving students a feel for college and dorm life.

Start Creating a Schedule

You don’t have to adhere to a schedule just quite yet, but it’s never too early to get started. You’ll want to plan ahead for any work, volunteer, internships, or extracurricular activities you have, but also be considering SAT/ACT prep, scholarship research, college research, and applications. Of course, don’t forget about your senior year, homework, and study. It’s a lot to balance, so it’s a great time to start thinking ahead.

These are some great ways to start your summer prep for your senior year and future in college, even if you’re only finishing up your junior year now. Try to create your summer plan based around your interests and passions, so it can be a perfect set up to your college education and future career while still giving you an enjoyable time off school.

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