Congratulations! You've done it! Arguably the hardest year of high school will soon be behind you. You've done a ton of work this year, balancing many activities and responsibilities. Make sure that you use this summer to rest and recharge. And although rest is your number one priority, it is wise to also use this time to make sure that you are as prepared as possible for a busy first semester of senior year. The best way to do this is to take time to prepare for the college application process so that you are not overwhelmed by it when you get back in August. Consider these three A's:
ACTIVITIES There are a plethora of things you can do. Keep in mind, although it is good to try new things, college reps like to see a pattern and longevity in a student's activities. Here are some ideas:
Summer job at a restaurant
Volunteering at a shelter
Take a photography course at the local library
Start a community garden
Do an internship in a hospital
Embrace your entrepreneurial spirit
College List - After the Post-uniquest meeting and the three way college conference, you all have a list of schools to further research, review and consider as to whether or not they will make the short list. Please keep in mind that a college list should make sense in that it reflects who you are and what you value in education and life. These places are your potential homes for at least three years.
Extracurriculars - You have worked so hard in your course work this year, not to mention all of the many, sometimes very demanding, extracurriculars that you do. Summer is the time to look back on all of the things you've done and write them all down. Also, try to organize them thematically; you may want to make one of them the focus of your common app. essay, or see how they fit for the 20% of your personal statement.
Common App. Essay and the Personal Statement - This year you have had two seminars on writing the common app. essay and the personal statement as well as a Saturday bootcamp providing you with some tips and techniques to get started. We encourage you to come back in the fall with a rough draft or either, or heaven forbid both if you're applying to both the US and the UK :)
Each year families spend an enormous amount of time and money on standardized tests. The following two articles are current discussions about standardized testing and where it may be headed in the future.
ARTICLE on schools that are going test-optional ARTICLE on controversial move by ACT QUIZ - should you take the ACT or SAT, or both?
COLLEGE CHOICES - WHAT DO WE DO???
Parents: this summer and fall may be one of the more stressful periods you have with your child. There is so much information out there and so many opinions about which schools are "the right" schools. As you're pouring over university websites or traveling far and wide to see potential schools, take some time to read the articles below. Hopefully they will calm your nerves and give you perspective. And, remember, it's only a short period of time :)
What can you do as a parent to raise successful children? - LINK
An ivy league education does not spell success - LINK
It's time to tell your kids that it doesn't matter where they go to college - LINK
Advice college admissions officers give their own kids - LINK
The cost of prestige - an article from an alumni of Cornell - LINK
WHAT ABOUT LIFE AFTER COLLEGE?
An interesting video about what students today may encounter after university graduation.
UNIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT Each month a different university from around the world will be highlighted.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON
In a Few Words: "There are larger universities in America. There are older universities in America. There are none, however, more typical of the American ideal of educational opportunity." Herman B Wells, Past IU President and Chancellor Uniqueness: Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship campus of IU’s eight campuses statewide. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of their world-class contributions in research and the arts. Size: undergraduate enrollment of 39,184 Curriculum: The most popular majors at Indiana University--Bloomington include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Social Sciences. Admission: Use the common application Admissions Expectations: The average GPA at Indiana University Bloomington is 3.64. With a GPA of 3.64, Indiana University Bloomington requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need at least a mix of A's and B's, with more A's than B's. You can compensate for a lower GPA with harder classes, like AP or IB classes Cost: You can read more about tuition and financial aid at this LINK