Final exams are almost finished and winter break is just around the corner! We understand that a vegged-out winter hibernation is much needed. You’ve worked extremely hard and you should be proud. Treat yourself to a little break and recharge those batteries. But don’t overdo it. There is a fine line between taking a break and going into full-on lazy mode. Do not cross that line Juniors, you still have work to do. Before you ring in the New Year, make it a goal to complete the following tasks:
1. Meet With Your Counselor
Schedule an appointment before you go into hibernation. Review your transcripts and also the classes that you will be taking for the Spring 2012 semester so you can make sure that you are definitely on the right track for college requirements. It would also be a great opportunity to ask about information pertaining to summer activities that will help boost your college applications. Do not hesitate to ask any questions that you may have. Let your counselor help you to the best of their ability. We understand that since your break has already begun, it is not possible to see your counselors. So make sure that as soon as the spring semester begins, you schedule a meeting with your counselor.
2. Start Applying for Scholarships
While you have some down time, start searching for scholarship opportunities. Aside from using the internet as a resource, asking about scholarship opportunities is another great question that your counselor can help you with. When applying for scholarships, the key is to apply to as many as possible. Do not get discouraged if you get turned down. Just keep at it. There are plenty of scholarship opportunities out there for you. You just have to search around and find them.
3. Draft Your Resume
Use your valuable break time to create your own resume. This will be particularly useful once you decide to attend a summer program or internship, or even a job opportunity. Now is a wonderful time for you to brainstorm information about yourself and your accomplishments so you can put it together on paper. There are many resume templates online to help guide you. Once again, this is another piece of information that your counselor can more than help you with.
4. Register for the SAT and/or ACT
Congratulations for those of you who are signed up for the January SAT! Way to be ahead of the curve! For the rest of you, we understand that you just took the PSAT and that you absolutely want nothing to do with another standardized test. Take a deep breath and count to ten. Now, go ahead and schedule yourself to take these exams sometime during the spring. By taking these exams during your junior year, it will help familiarize yourself and it will also make you a more comfortable test taker. Plus, your score will let you know whether or not you need to work on improvements over the summer.
For those of you who are not signed up for the January SAT, you can still register up to December 30. Late registration deadline is January 13. After that, the next available dates are:
March 10, 2012
May 5, 2012
June 2, 2012
Reach these winter break goals and you will truly enjoy your holiday break. See you next year!