It’s June, which means that virtual school is over for the summer! If it’s not yet, it will be very soon. It's an understatement to say these last few months have been odd. You navigated some serious pandemic roadblocks and trekked the road less traveled with poise. Your junior year of high school was one for the history books.
Now that you’re no longer a junior but still not quite yet a senior, your FINAL YEAR of high school is closer than ever before. This is a big deal; it's time to get serious about college planning!
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As a soon-to-be senior, the rest of the summer is going to be an exciting time. It will also really affect how hectic your fall is going to be because the more you prepare now, the better off you’ll be later.
While you’re enjoying the sunshine, make sure to keep college planning in mind with this COVID-adapted, June checklist for soon-to-be high school seniors:
1. Get Involved in Summer Activities, Volunteer
By 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.
Keeping social distancing in mind, get creative and use this unprecedented time to your advantage. If you’re artsy, why not visit a local nursing home and decorate windows with window chalk? Or offer to walk dogs at your local animal shelter. There are still so many ways to get out and do good during this pandemic!
Volunteering 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—you chose to adapt and use your time wisely.
2. Summer Savings
If you’re planning on working this summer, set up a summer savings plan, which allows you to start saving for college now. You can find a job from employers in your zip code with our Monster supported, Part-Time Job search tool
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. Explore Potential Career Paths
If you’re unsure of what you’d like to study in college (as most students are), summertime is perfect for exploration! It’s not too early to start thinking about what you want to be when you grow up and to be sure the major you pick pays well too
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.
4. Keep Up Your College Search
Your college search will only continue to ramp up as senior year begins, so any legwork you do now will give you an added advantage. As staying safe at home is still a priority, look at the summer as an opportunity to schedule virtual college visits, attend virtual college fairs and research schools online.
Check sites like You Visit
, Campus Tours
to see if the college you're interested in offers a virtual tour.
, offers a variety of virtual college fairs. A trusted source for 40 plus years, the National Association for College Admission Counseling organization is set to begin offering virtual Visit Days
5. Build Your a Brag Sheet
A 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. Showcase your unique ability to adapt—consider using your social media on your resume to highlight all the good you’re doing. Remember to be smart about it though!
6. Apply for Scholarships
As a general rule, applying for scholarships should always
be on your to-do list! As a starting point, check out this list of 10+ College Scholarships You Can Apply for Today