How Much Longer? Summer Vacation for Juniors and Seniors

Published Monday, May 19, 2014 by Richard Hong

This one is for the rising juniors and seniors. You’ve gone through your share of high school already and you just want to enjoy your summer break. I get it, and you’ve earned your slice of fun. However, this summer is an opportunity for you to get ready for applying to college later down the road or even upcoming semester.  Here I’ll list some suggestions:

  • More Studying: Yeah yeah, this is not an ideal way to spend your carefree summer. But guess what, life doesn’t stop and neither should you in your pursuit of getting into the college you want. Take this time to study for the big two tests, ACT or SAT, or even to prepare ahead for SAT subject tests. If you’re feeling very productive, you could get a head start on learning for AP tests.
  • Volunteer work: Colleges like to see extracurricular activities balanced with good grades. So why not find an activity that you can enjoy while giving back to the community? Also, try finding something that matches what you would like. For example, if you’re interested in the health sciences, call your local hospital and ask for any volunteer opportunities.
  • College Lists: Compile a list of where you would like to go. Research what it can offer and its costs. It’s never too early to prepare. You could also venture forth and meet with college admission representatives.
  • Recommendations: Now is the time to develop an outstanding rapport with a teacher you get along with. Spend some time getting to know them and letting them know you. Think about who you would ideally like to give you the good word and want you to succeed later on life.


You’re quickly becoming an adult, so enjoy that summer and spend your time well!

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