Juniors, Make This Summer Your Most Productive

Posted by Sandy Lashin-Curewitz | May 31, 2016

The end of junior year means one thing: you're that much closer to the college search! To set yourself up for senior-year success, try one (or all) of these ideas. Don't worry, you'll still have plenty of time for fun and relaxation.

1. Volunteer your time. Visit DoSomething.org to find an activity that benefits the cause you're most passionate about and fits into the number of hours you have to give. No matter how you volunteer, colleges will love that you're already acting as a global citizen.

2. Take an SAT prep course. If you're registered to take the exam this fall, now is the best time to start studying. Without the added stress of schoolwork, you can focus on getting better at SAT-specific questions. See study options here.

Make this summer your most productive3. Start a blog. Whether it serves as a home for your best writing or as an outlet for your most creative ideas, a blog is a free (try Wordpress) and easy way to showcase what makes you, you. Later, you can share your blog with admissions counselors to give them an inside look at your personality.

4. Get a part-time job. A part-time commitment will give you the freedom to enjoy your summer, while providing hands-on experiences that you can put on your resume and college applications. (Read our tips on finding a summer job.)

5. Think about your preferences. It's not too early to start considering the type of college you'd like to eventually attend: big or small, public or private, liberal arts or pre-professional? Entering senior year with these factors already in mind will make your search easier from the start.

If a tight-knit private college in Worcester, MA, sounds exactly like what you're looking for, reach out to us. We'd love to tell you more!

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