Simple Summer Tips to Prepare for College

It’s summer time and either your kids are out for break or they will be soon. Summer is for fun and a break from the regular school year craziness. With homework, sports, band, volunteering, and projects, there isn’t much time for anything else. Summer break provides an optimal opportunity for your child to have some focused attention on starting to plan for their life after high school.

Here are suggested action items for your kids that are rising to the next grade:

Freshman
  • Get organized. The college application requires you to write down all the activities, awards, and volunteer opportunities your child does from 9th – 12th grade.  Check out our My Ideal College Countdown Organizer to help you with this.
  • Research different jobs. Check out Goadilo which has video interviews with people in a variety of careers.
Sophmore
  • Narrow down possible career interests. The best way to do this is for your child to take a career assessment. In 20 minutes, your child will have a list of careers they would enjoy based on research of many jobs. Click here to schedule a time to discuss this with us.
  • Meet with people in those careers and ask questions about working their particular field . Click here to download our Informational Interview Questions to get started.
  • Get and stay organized. See why above.
Junior 
  • Make a list of colleges or technical schools to visit and your criteria for them.
  • Find out the requirements for those colleges or technical schools.
  • Study for ACT/SAT if needed.
  • Get or stay organized. See why above.
Senior
  • Make a list of which teachers you want to ask for recommendations. You will want to request them as soon as the school starts again.
  • Work on your college essay .  College application specialists say you need to plan on two months to write and finalize your essay. This will give you time to plan it out, write a draft, and revise. Check out our Best Foot Forward offering to help your child get started.

Use these tips to help you and your child plan for their future. You can get our free My Ideal College Action Plan by clicking here. The My Ideal College Action Plan includes additional action items to complete so your child can find their ideal college. Keep this list in a place where you and your child can review it every day. The goal is to see your child succeed into their ideal college and their future.

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