January College Checklist for High School Juniors

January is the start of a New Year and a new semester. Which means, you have the unique advantage of a fresh start in more than one way! How cool is that?

Elizabeth Hoyt

December 16, 2015

January College Checklist for High School Juniors

January is the start of a New Year and a new semester. Which means, you have the unique advantage of a fresh start in more than one way! How cool is that?

Make sure you utilize this clean slate because it’s not often that we’re given such chances in life.

Here’s a checklist to follow with suggestions of ways you can start off January on a great note.

• Focus on Your Second Semester Classes

You may be sick of hearing this, but college applications are right around the corner. It is important to keep in mind that, no matter how your first semester went, second semester is a fresh start. Your junior year grades are pivotal to your college admissions, so keeping your focus now is, perhaps, more important than ever before.

• Register for February Standardized Tests, If Necessary
Whether you’re taking your standardized exams for the first time or retaking, it’s still a good idea to prepare so you can continually improve your score.

Check out Fastweb’s test prep section for additional tips and tricks that may give you an added advantage on your test day.

• Participate in Your Courses

It’s important to stay active within class and participate in a manner that is impressive to your teachers so that when it’s time to ask for recommendation letters, you have plenty of options.

Teachers don’t like to write recommendation letters for students they don’t know, aren’t familiar with or sleep through classes. So perk up and speak up – it will benefit you in the long run.

• Save Impressive Academic Work

Some college request examples of your academic work, such as impressive essays or lab reports you’ve created. Save any work that you’re most proud of and that you’ve received the best grades on, just in case you’re applying to any colleges that may require this.

That way, you won’t be scrambling at the last minute to find examples and end up submitting a mediocre example you’re not as proud to share.

• Apply for Scholarships

As always, continue to apply for any scholarships you qualify for in your down time. Submitting scholarship applications doesn’t take as long as you may think and has a huge pay off! This should be a constant on your to do list – just make sure you actually submit your scholarship applications!

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