Winter Break Timely Tips

Winter Break Timely Tips

Any length of time that students have away from classwork is an opportunity to engage in meaningful activities. Colleges will not consider COVID to be an excuse for students’ lack of participation in virtual learning and volunteering, hobbies from home and making yourself a better student in general.
The college admissions journey is not confined to the classroom and is certainly not something that you should wait until 11th grade to think about.

8th Graders:

  • Explore interest areas and brainstorm how these might be applied in clubs, service projects or other virtual experiences
  • Start with school-based clubs and join virtually
  • Evaluate your performance for semester 1 and find ways to improve
  • Prepare to meet private high school application deadlines

9th Graders:

  • Review challenging content if you are taking finals after winter break.
  • Evaluate your performance for semester 1 and find ways to improve
  • While staying close to what you are passionate about, brainstorm ways to become more involved in school and in your community (think creatively)
  • Research and apply for summer programs – January is when many summer applications begin

10th Graders:

  • Review challenging areas from the previous semester
  • Get ahead in studying for standardized tests including AP exams
  • Research and apply for summer programs – January is when many summer applications begin
  • Strategize coursework for 11th grade and discuss with family to create a balanced plan

11th Graders:

  • Study for any AP classes and review for SAT/ACT exams, which may be taken in the next few months.
  • Take advantage of this last opportunity to explore interests in careers and college majors.
  • Explore pre-college programs, apply for a summer program to learn a skill or take a class to discover an interest. This is also good practice for college applications because some require letters of recommendation, test scores and transcripts.

12th Graders:

  • Finish any required essays for private universities. Avoid waiting until the end of December or the end of January in some cases.
  • Apply for scholarships or review any key details from your accepted colleges.
  • Be sure to submit SAT/ACT scores on time and follow up on any requests made by colleges, such as transcripts or financial aid documents.
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