If you are entering into your last year at school this year, there is so
much you can do to help expedite your preparation for college. From taking
extra courses over the summer to brushing up on your reading, there are
ways in which you can improve your grade point average, work on improving
the strength of your college application and get ready for the biggest
academic change in your career.
Set your goals
This summer, take some time to decide what you want from your senior year.
Knowing where you going will make it easier to plan the year ahead. If
you intend to go to university or college, sit down with your parents
and discuss practicalities; how much can you spend on tuition, which schools
offer courses you want to take, where do you want to go to school etc.
Now download course requirements and applications from the internet so
that you know what grades you need and when you have to send in your application.
Give yourself a large list of possible schools so that you have a healthy
set of choices. Don’t limit yourself to a few of the same kinds
of schools. If you aren’t sure about what to study, speak with your
school councilor. Do some online aptitude tests to see where your strengths
lie and then investigate careers where you can use your skills.
Brush up on the extra credits
This summer holiday, do some activities that may give you an edge on your
college applications. This will include charity work, internships and
summer jobs. Anything that you can do that gives you some experience in
the field or rounds you out as a person is a good idea.
If there are courses that you have been struggling with,
get a tutor. Use your summer holiday to fill in any gaps in your skill set so you
have the best possible chance of getting into the school of your choice
Start learning life skills
One of the biggest hurdles for many college students is the challenge of
living independently. If you’ve never used a laundromat, take a
load in and try it out. Learn how to cook some of your own meals and take
public transport if you haven’t before. All these experiences will
help you to cope with living away from home and you will less stressed
about everyday life at college.
There are some elective courses you can take over the summer that will
beef up your college application. Ask your councilor to give you details
about these courses. Some of these courses are conducted at community
colleges which is a great way to get accustomed to campus life.
Take a deep breath. College is a fun and exciting time in your academic
career, and while you are looking forward to it, make sure that you take
time to enjoy your senior year and spend time with your friends, many
of whom will be moving away soon.