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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
High school juniors: How to make this summer count!
As the school year shuffles to an end, the minds of most high school students start to wander to the lazy mornings and long afternoons of summer break. With college prep starting ever earlier in the lifetime of today's aspirant college student, it is easy to understand why high school students want to use the summer to "check out". Without grades and standardized testing to worry about for a few months, this is not such a bad idea. But what about the personal statement? How can a long summer help students better prepare for their college admissions essay?

The eased time restrictions of summer can give young students time to reflect. Free from deadlines, you can engage in the type of rewarding activities that will help flesh out your personal statement next year. Take a summer job. Volunteer. Travel. Travel some more. If you are feeling particularly ambitious, think about making a first draft of your personal statement. Starting is the hardest part, so giving yourself time to reflect and reconsider what is going into your personal statement is key. By the time you are out of time, you will wish that you had.

Remember too that giving yourself time to unwind is crucial. The college application process is stressful, especially when it is layered on top of a full-time class schedule, extracurricular activities, work and more. While you should enjoy the summer time, you should also see it as an opportunity to get ahead. Making the choice to set aside some time-while you have it-will be reflected in your personal statement. And you will still have some summer time left over.


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