To all our juniors and our junior parents: We know you’re probably exhausted from finals, tests, and all the other things that happen at the end of junior year. You’re ready for a break.
We do think you should recharge your batteries this summer, but… COLLEGE ADMISSION SEASON IS HERE! WOOT! WOOT!
You may not be as excited as we are. That’s okay. We’re your #1 cheerleader. We’ll get you revved up! (Give me a C! Give me an O! Give me… I’ll stop.)
Seriously, though, the season has arrived. It may seem early, but it’s not. We have a lot to do over the summer.
The good thing is that usually you have a bit more flexibility in the summer and you can focus on things outside the classroom. Yay! More time and energy to spend on college stuff!
If you get lots accomplished on your college admission process, fall will be a whole heck of lot easier. The fall of your senior year is going to be very busy. College applications are going to take way more time than you expect.
But you can take steps now to make your life easier. Here are a couple things to do over the summer:
• Solidify your college list. Continue to meet with us one-on-one (https://dunce.youcanbook.me/) to build that list. Adding colleges at the last minute is very stressful. Many of you have plans to visit a few colleges this summer. Wonderful! If you can’t make it to all the colleges on your list, talk to us about how to contact admission officers, professors, and students so that you get a good feel for the college.
• Write your essays. On average, students write between 16 and 20 essays during the admission season. You need to start now! The Common Application and UC Application essay prompts are out. I know this is last-minute, but we’re hosting a Writing Workshop THIS COMING WEEKEND. It’s divided over two days (Sunday, June 7th and Sunday, June 14th) and includes 7 whole hours of intimate help. You will walk away with a full essay and writing strategies to help you write the rest of your essays. Sign up here. Check out the photos of the last one:
• Make an extensive list of everything you’ve done and earned while in high school. This should include any honor or award you’ve received (for academics, sports, service, etc.). It should include every club, sport, and extracurricular you’ve participated in. List any community projects or volunteering you’ve done. Include jobs, internships, and job shadowing opportunities. List any independent projects you’ve participated in (bands, art pieces, writing, etc.). Make sure to mention if you’ve held a leadership role in any of the organizations you include.
• Continue to explore your passions and interests. Do have fun this summer! Allow yourself to really dig into something you love. And take note of your experience so you can use it in your application.
So, come visit us this summer. We have a sweet new office and lots of contagious energy. See you soon!