1. Get Involved in Summer ActivitiesBy now you know that, in addition to academic grades and test scores, college admissions officers also look at your extracurricular activities. Summer break is a great opportunity to get involved in clubs, the community and local sports to help show colleges you are active both inside and outside of the classroom.
2. Summer SavingsIf you’re planning on working this summer, set up a summer savings plan, which allows you to start saving for college now. The earlier you start saving, the less you’ll need to borrow to cover college expenses later. It’s always best to avoid borrowing if you’re able, so determine the portion of your summer income you can save for the future and stick to it!
3. VolunteerVolunteering is a great way to spend your free time and give back to the community. Not only will you feel great doing so, but an added bonus is that it looks great on your college applications, too!
4. Explore Potential Career PathsIf you’re unsure of what you’d like to study in college (as most students are), summertime is perfect for exploration! Contact some business professionals in fields you’re interested in to talk to them about their careers and volunteer with organizations or at events which share common interests as your potential career paths. This summer is all about discovering who you are and where your passions and career path may potentially meet.
5. Apply for ScholarshipsAs a general rule, applying for scholarships should always be on your to-do list! As a starting point, check out this list of summer scholarships.
6. Keep Up Your College SearchYour college search will only continue to ramp up as senior year begins, so any legwork you do now will give you an added advantage. Look at the summer as an opportunity to schedule college visits, attend college fairs and research schools online.
7. Build Your a Brag SheetA student resume, or brag sheet will detail your life outside of school, since any school you’ll be applying to will already be aware of what your grades and test scores are from your transcript. You can include items like your extracurricular activities, community or volunteer service, work experience, any honors, awards or recognition you’ve received.
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