Three Summer Break Tips for College-Bound High School Juniors

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According to College Admissions Assistance, LLC, for high school juniors who plan to attend college, summer break is a time to gain more college knowledge and focus on making some key decisions in the college admissions process.

According to College Admissions Assistance, LLC, many high school juniors see summer break as a time for sun, sand, and flip-flops. But for those students who plan to attend college, summer break is not the time to “veg out.” It’s a time to gain more college knowledge and focus on making some key decisions in the college admissions process.

College Admissions Assistance, LLC offers the following three tips on how to make the most out of the summer before the student’ senior year.

1.    Have Some Fun:

Colleges look to attract students who have well-developed outside interests in addition to excellent academic records. The summer of the junior year is a great time to develop new interests and pursue some fun and exciting extracurricular activities. Learn how to snorkel or Scuba dive and explore marine life. Teach a swim class for kids or teach an adult how to read. Take a summer job that reflects your career interest, or attend a college class in a field you are curious about. There are countless fun activities that can also contribute to your knowledge and help you develop leadership skills. And according to College Admissions Assistance coaches, these activities give you the opportunity to shine as an active, well-rounded, college-bound student.

2.    Take a Road Trip:

Brochures and websites can’t provide the details you need to narrow down a final list of colleges or give you the “feel” of a campus; you have to be there. The summer of your junior year is a great time to visit some of the schools you are most interested in. Many colleges offer summer programs for students who want to learn more about them, so if you want to sample multiple colleges, grab a parent and take a road trip: around your state or around the country, stopping off at designated colleges along the way. Visiting colleges is a smart thing to do for several reasons: 1) colleges tend to favor applicants who show a genuine interest in them; 2) you may discover that your dream school is or isn’t what you thought it was (either way, you win); and 3) you have gained in-depth knowledge of the lifestyle and culture at each school you visited.

3.    Read!

Maximizing college preparation efforts in the summer after junior year can free students up to face the challenges and decisions that will face them as high school seniors. Many students will want to spend some time preparing for upcoming SAT and/or ACT tests. Reading books, newspapers, and magazines over the summer can not only provide concrete knowledge, it has the added benefit of expanding all students’ understanding of the vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and syntax of the English language for the SAT and ACT essays and reading sections. According to the College Admissions Assistance essay coach, reading is an easy, fun, and excellent way for students to increase their test scores.

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College Admissions Assistance is a comprehensive college-planning service that has helped thousands of students prepare themselves for college--from discovering a great career, achieving admission to the right college, and enjoying the best financial start in life. The company's ultimate mission is to help each student live out their unique purpose in life by helping them get started with the right college education.

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