The Summer After High School Junior Year: 10 Ways to Make the Most of Summer Break
Summer is not only a time for relaxing. It’s also a great time to get a head start earning money to pay for college, spending quality time with friends and upping your game by learning new skills. Check out these 10 ways to make the most of the summer break between your junior and senior years.
Get a job.
Start earning money for college by working part-time at a local store. Or, start your own lawn mowing service and ask neighbors if they’ll pay you to mow their lawns. Another option: take a Red Cross babysitting course and then offer your services to neighbors and family who live nearby.
Apply for scholarships.
Do a job shadow.
Think you know what you want to be when you grow up? Find a family friend or ask your school guidance counselor for help getting in touch with a person who works in the field you want to study. Summer is a great time to job shadow, so you won’t miss math or English class while you’re getting a taste of what it’s like to spend a day in the life of a professional.
Spend time with friends.
High school goes by fast, so make sure summer isn’t all work or filled with to-do lists to build your college resume. Spend quality time with your friends, as well as your family.
Study for the ACT or SAT.
If you weren’t satisfied with your test score from the spring exam, sign up to take an early fall exam, and then study, study, study so you can improve your score.
Attend a pre-college summer program.
Many colleges and universities offer pre-college programs in the summer for a variety of academic disciplines and other interests (like sports camps). Check out the offerings at colleges in your local area and sign up for a program that matches your interests.
Find a cause you’re passionate about and then lend a helping hand. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an every week commitment—it could be volunteering to help with a large event or helping out a few times at a food bank.
If you haven’t visited colleges already, now is a great time to get those visits in. Plus, depending on where the colleges are located, it may give you an opportunity to travel to new locations and expand your horizons.
Narrow your college list.
You don’t need to apply to dozens of colleges (not only will it take a lot of time, but also a lot of money for the application fees). Use the summer months to review your list of potential colleges and narrow the list to the ones you most want to apply to. Check with an admissions counselor to see if the application is ready for new applicants, and if it is, look at the essay questions and start brainstorming and writing your college application essay.
Learn a new skill.
Always wanted to learn to surf? Want to learn how to use Microsoft Excel since you plan to major in accounting? Or, want to learn how to do your own laundry since you’ll need to do it when you’re at college? Use online tutorials for free via YouTube or GCF Learn Free or low-cost tutorials at Lynda.com to help you learn something new that will help you in college.