Students often miss competitive summer opportunities because deadlines are in the fall. The summer after junior year is a great time to step up and out because, with two months free, you can get a job, volunteer, work as an intern, study abroad, take a pre-college course on campus, volunteer, or design your own independent study. A productive summer means that you can pursue your interests at a deeper level, learn something new, explore a career, or just get better at an activity that you really love.
Welcome to junior year, the most important year of the high school transcript. This will be the most recent full-year of grades submitted with your application. This is the year that highlights your mastery and expertise.
It is true that junior year grades are paramount, but colleges do consider senior year transcripts. Work hard and continue...
As you dial down to the nitty-gritty of your application details, switch your approach to privacy mode
Junior year is much like having two monitors on your desk. On one screen, you see your current life: AP classes, debate team, culture club president, captain of the swim team. On the other monitor, sitting just next to present reality, sits future plan: college, and each screen is pulling for your attention.
We’re not saying you should be starting your college search right now! In fact, we’re firm believers that high school should be and is more than just pre-college. But there will come a time in the not-too-distant future when you’ll be really wanting some help from that college counselor – and so will pretty much everyone else in your grade.
For many, the college application process requires a more expansive application strategy. Many colleges have multiple deadline options, which presents the opportunity to consider the implications of ED, early action (EA), rolling admissions, regular decision, and other deadlines.
Stuck on where to begin writing your college essays? Take a look at some of our favorite supplemental essay prompts and get those creative juices flowing.
PrepMatters College Planning | Transitioning from Junior to Senior Year