What to do with your final summer before high school? Should you binge your favorite shows you missed from the school year? Sleep until noon every day? Engage 100% in non-academic activities? How do you make the most of that time and still feel refreshed? Here are a few things to consider.
Your family may already have established traditions of sharing gratitude: a heartfelt word, a phone call, a handwritten note. We want to encourage our students to reach out to the individuals who helped get them through the high school admissions process.
Letters of recommendation confirm your strengths and distinguish you from other students. As your teachers talk about you as a whole person, they also offer third-party support for the narrative about yourself that you share in your college essay.
Summer is a great time to exercise your curiosity and follow your instincts toward a new interest. So why not experiment and create a whole new area of the world to investigate. Books can be a great companion to your summer. Need some ideas? To get you started, PrepMatters tutors and counselors have put together a list of suggestions—a few sparks that may send you on a path to the unexpected.
Feeling stuck in a cycle of working too hard, not getting enough sleep, and falling behind? Consider the idea that you should be working smarter, not harder. Efficient studying requires you to plan effectively, genuinely engage with the material, and challenge how you’re thinking about what you’re learning. Here are a few ideas for you to incorporate into your own study habits.