Summer is coming and it’s time to start locking in your plans. In order to make the most of your summer between 11th and 12th grade, you’ll want to be focused on adding the cherry to the sundae when it comes to your credentials and also getting a head start on the college application process. Also, you should definitely squeeze in some relaxation. Here’s how we suggest you do all that!
1. Do something that adds to your either your academic or activity credentials in a meaningful and distinctive way.
This is one of the ways you can make your college applications stand out. Don’t let the words “meaningful and distinctive” throw you. You don’t have to cure cancer or travel across the world to do something meaningful and distinctive. You just have to do something that adds to the credentials you’ve been building for the last three years.
Here are some questions that should help you decide what you could do this summer that would be meaningful and distinctive:
2. Get a head start on college applications.
Taking time during the summer to get a head start on your college applications is the key to a sane fall of your senior year. We’ll have a full list of everything you can get done in a separate post that will come out in the late spring. For now, you just need to be aware that you’ll need time to work on your college applications throughout the summer.
One other heads-up: If you have colleges on your list that offer on-campus interviews during the summer, you’ll want to take advantage of that opportunity if you can. Building those trips into your summer calendar now will keep you from having unresolvable conflicts later.
3. Squeeze in some relaxation.
Junior year is tough and the fall of senior year is jam-packed, so some rest and relaxation is absolutely necessary during the summer. We suggest you schedule time off during the week, enjoy your weekends, and have some true vacation time – a couple of weeks when you do absolutely nothing other than enjoy life.
Anna Ivey is one of the founders of Inline. An experienced admissions consultant and a frequently cited media expert on the topic of college admissions, she is also co-author of the college admissions bible How to Prepare a Standout College Application. Learn more about Anna's background here.