Unlocking Success: Why HS Juniors Should Start TODAY to Prep for Summer Programs

As the holiday season wraps up and we bid farewell to the seniors of 2024 who have made their early decisions or early action applications, it's time for the junior class of 2025 to step into the spotlight. 

Today, I want to share with you why thinking about and planning for your high school junior's summer activities is crucial for their college applications.

Why Summer Matters

I understand that summer seems distant, almost six months away, but how your high school junior spends this time can significantly impact their college application. The pressure isn't on to enroll in an academic program or secure a high-profile internship. A traditional job or a refreshing, rejuvenating experience can be just as valuable. The key is to make it productive and meaningful.

The Versatility of Summer Programs

If your junior is leaning towards an academic program, consider discipline-specific courses at colleges or community colleges. These programs can enrich their academic profile and offer valuable insights into their chosen field. Alternatively, a good old-fashioned job, volunteering, or community service can provide essential life skills, not to mention material for compelling college essays.

Job Opportunities and Civic Engagement

Job opportunities abound, from being a sales associate to serving as a camp counselor. The refreshing experience of working outside of a classroom setting is not only about making money for college but also about gaining valuable life lessons. Additionally, civic engagement, such as volunteering at local churches, synagogues, or homeless shelters, offers a chance to give back to the community, a factor colleges highly value.

Athlete Considerations

For the junior athlete, summer is a prime time to delve into the intricacies of the recruitment process. Understanding the NCAA profile, engaging with coaches, and getting insights into the application timeline are vital. Planning ahead during the current December timeline sets the stage for a well-prepared college application process in the coming months.

Strategic Planning for Success

With December as the starting point, juniors have ample time to plan for applications in the upcoming months. The summer should be utilized productively, whether it's a job, internship, community service, or developing an artist portfolio. At Strategic Admission Advice, we're here to help guide you through this crucial planning phase.

Unlocking Opportunities with Strategic Admission Advice

Let’s get started today. Book a Strategy Session tailored to your junior's profile and aspirations. We aim to provide personalized suggestions, ensuring your child's summer isn't spent on the couch binge-watching Netflix and Hulu. Summer is just around the corner, and preparing now will make all the difference for the class 2025.

The summer of 2023 is a mere six months away. Let's make it count. Reach out, plan strategically, and ensure your junior is ready for the upcoming college application cycle. I'm Shereem Herndon-Brown from Strategic Admission Advice, and I'm here to help you unlock success for your high school junior. Book a Discovery Call today, and let's get started on this transformative journey.