We all know that lounging at the beach is great way to spend your summer vacation. But what else can you do that is exciting, fun to do with friends, and may just help you get into your dream school or program? Well, there’s lots, in fact!
Here are our Top 10 tips for university prep in the summer to help you feel prepared to return to school in September:
- VISIT a university or college to see what life is really like on campus!
- VOLUNTEER in a field that interests you to learn what a career might be like. It also adds depth to your resume.
- WORK a part-time job to gain experience collaborating as part of a team and developing leadership skills.
- LEARN something new by taking a course, for credit or just for interest, to build your academic profile.
- RESEARCH which colleges or universities most interest you and offer programs that match what you are looking to study.
- ASK friends and family about their post-secondary experiences to help you narrow down your priorities and what schools might be the best fit for you.
- TALK finances with your family to ensure you are all on the same page with regard to tuition and living costs to attend school. This way you know the level of freedom you have in your applications and you can also begin looking at scholarship or financial aid opportunities.
- WRITE down all your ideas for your U.S., U.K. or Canadian university application personal statement. Brainstorming will help get the creative juices flowing!
- PREPARE to take any standardized tests (SAT, ACT, BMAT, UKCAT, etc.) which may be part of applications to U.S. or U.K. schools. Find out about (and register for) available test dates, review materials and even consider taking a prep course.
- TRAVEL with family or friends to learn about another part of your province or country, or to gain a more global perspective!
The more organized you are when you begin Grade 12, the less stressful and more enjoyable your senior year of high school will be. So, in between applying sunscreen to hike your favourite trail and filling up the gas tank for a road trip with friends this summer, take a moment to think ahead and prepare to put your best foot forward with your university applications!