There’s nothing better than April vacation in high school: the weather is perfect and you are just mere months away from summer. But this week off is also the perfect time during your junior year of high school to start getting serious about the college search.
While you may have a list of potential colleges in mind, you probably haven’t given the application, or the admission process, a second thought. High school counselors always stress the importance of your junior year, yet the college application doesn’t get sent out or worked on until your senior year. It is so simple to put the search on hold when you are nearing your senior year, but this vacation is the time to crack down and make applying in a few months easier.
Now is the time to make a list of schools you’re considering; whether they are close to home, far away, have your major, or have the team you want to try out for, you should get organized. When it comes to admission, you need to start preparing yourself for what you will need. Every school is different, every admission process is different, and you may not be aware of what you need for each school until the last minute (trust me, don’t leave this until the last minute). Many art programs require a portfolio, many film programs require a movie or a few clips, and depending on your choice schools, you may need to start putting together a course list for credit so that you have some experience in your desired field of study.
Getting admitted into the schools you want requires research. If you are looking to go to schools in your state that are close to home, take a day during your vacation to visit the campus, pick up information on your major, and talk to the people in the admission office. You may need to have an interview on top of your application, too, so you could set up a date for after you’ve visited the campus; that way, you’ll feel more comfortable going back and will be prepared to tackle the interview. Vacation is great for kicking back and relaxing, but it is also free time to get your admission information on the right track.