7 Summer Musts Before Senior Year


Yikes! It’s true. Our third child and the baby of our family will be a senior next fall. It is overwhelming to think of going through the college application process again. I know from our two prior trips through the process that the summer before senior year is valuable time. Using this summer wisely will help eliminate much of the chaos that can occur when all of the deadlines are looming. If you also have a rising high school senior, make sure to check off this list of 7 Summer Musts Before Senior Year.

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7 Summer Musts Before Senior Year



  1. Get registered for any of the alphabet tests that your student lacks or wants to retake. (ACT, SAT)
  1. Narrow down the list of colleges to which to apply and schedule any visits for the summer or early fall.
  1. Familiarize yourself with the common application.
  1. For schools that do not accept the common application, find out what application they do accept. The school website is the best source for this information.
  1. Urge your student to begin writing their essay. A teacher at my daughter's high school offers a summer essay writing workshop. It is great to dedicate several days to writing the essay with the full focus of a teacher. The fall will be busy and having the essay written and/or having a basic rough draft that can be adapted for any application will be a tremendous stress relief. Common app essay prompts
  1. Contact teachers for recommendation letters. The most popular teachers can become overwhelmed with requests and may limit how many they write. Provide these teachers with a resume of high school accomplishments and activities to assist them in writing the letter.
  1. Spend some time reading college information websites. I like college confidential, fastweb, and big future.



The next year will be overwhelming and exciting as your student finishes high school and plans for the future. Taking time this summer to prepare for the journey will alleviate stress and lesson the time crunch in the fall. I have created a printable planning list to help you check off these tasks this summer. This list, the Junior Year Checklist, the Senior Year Checklist, and the How to Complete Your FAFSA checklist are all available by subscribing below.

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