July Checklist for Soon-to-Be High School Seniors

Summer is a great time to gain a head start so that once the school year comes, you won’t be overwhelmed with the college applications process.

Elizabeth Hoyt

June 23, 2016

July Checklist for Soon-to-Be High School Seniors

The summer before your senior year of high school is an imperative time to accomplish tasks so that you’re prepared for the year ahead.

In fact, it’s a great time to gain a head start so that once the school year comes, you won’t be overwhelmed with the college applications process.

In order to ensure you’re on the right track, here’s a list of what you should be focused on during the month of July:

1. College Essays

Begin working on all of your college essays now, so that once senior year rolls around, they’ll no longer be on your to-do list.

2. Test Prep

Final test prep – your last call for testing if you want to apply early action/early decision is sometimes between September (if taking the ACT) or October (if taking the SAT). Study now so that you can finish up and have as many admissions options as possible available.

3. Student Resume

Finalize your college resume of activities including all of your participation, volunteer work, employment, clubs and extracurricular activities.

4. Letters of Recommendation

Decide whom you will ask for letters of recommendation – consider your teachers, coaches and counselors. Ensure you also give them a copy of your student activities resume so that they’re aware of your activities and are able to reference them if necessary.

5. Letters of Recommendation

Fill out and submit letter of recommendation questionnaires if required by your teachers, coaches or counselors in order for them to consider writing a letter of recommendation for you.

6. Build Your Experience

Stay active all summer, building your student resume with volunteer work, activities, job experience internships, etc.

7. Job Shadowing

Contact professionals who you would like to job shadow – it may help you decide on potential career options and, as a result, potential colleges.

8. Work on Your College Search

Keep working on your college search by researching colleges to add to your potential colleges list.

9. Show Interest

Join mailing lists of your target colleges – it shows you are interested in the school, which looks great for potential admissions.

10. Social Media

Clean up your social media account and profiles – you never know when college admissions officers may look at them!

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