Hi, again, Lifestyle Speakers! If you are a first generation individual planning on pursuing a higher education degree like I am, then that means you rely on the internet and a trustworthy person to help you with the “how to’s” of college preparation.
What if the internet doesn’t give you the direct, one-on-one answers you need on what to do as a junior about to become a high school senior? Don’t panic, mama’s here to help! (mama haha!).
The summer of my senior year, last summer, was the most uneventful (a substitute for tiring) summer of my entire life. Filled with unwarranted unending “what ifs” like whether my GPA is good enough, if I can get good scores on my SATs and ACTs, if the standardized scores I have are good enough. I found myself consistently googling myself, wondering if the use of my first and last name on my twitter account was a good idea (I don’t have anything inappropriate on my twitter account, but with so much paranoia, I began to question everything including whether my tweet about my love for Pretty Little Liars would be overthought).
For utmost result, don’t bother making excessive plans to the shore this summer if you are planning on getting into the college of your dreams by challenging yourself. If you are ready to accept those admission letters, get yourself a library card and start being nice to the Liberians because you are going to be seeing a lot of them- If you plan on good SAT and ACT scores.
First of all, as early in the summer as you can, if you can’t afford to buy SAT or ACT books, go as quickly to the library as you can to check out the college preparation shelf for books before other people do. Don’t be afraid to ask people who you know have taken the standardized tests for questions and the books they used. With standardized tests, there’s no such thing as “too much resources”. This is going to be an overwhelming summer, so, learn to keep calm and try not to freak out or get overwhelmed on what SAT or ACT scores you are going to get, what colleges you want to apply to or which one you’ll get into.
What To Do The Summer of Your Senior Year?
1). Planning, Planning, Planning – This summer, organized has to be your middle name. You have to be on top of your college preparation and not the other way around. Speaking from experience, I know how when accepting defeat, we can let the SATs be our boss instead of we been their boss (metaphorically, of course). From your practice test improvements to your usernames, passwords, which school’s qualifications you fit, don’t fit, and want to fit into -(It’s not as overwhelming as it seems), you need to have these things on paper because, honey, your head can not contain all that information!
2). Practice Tests – Trust me, I hated taking those, too, and me confessing that isn’t encouraging either but if it helps, honey, it will feel so good getting those admission letters! For me, actually timing myself for the SATs just wasn’t working for me and if you are like me, you can’t sit three hours and forty five minutes “practicing”. You probably just can’t motivate yourself enough despite the promises of an happily ever after college life. How can you make taking practice tests easier? On Saturdays, or on any preferred free day of your choice, when you decide to take the practice tests, take with you a motivated friend or a strict family member who you know will keep you on time like an SAT invigilator would. If you are like me and you don’t have the opportunity to a standardized test tutor or someone who can help invigilate you during practice tests, on a day you’ve set aside for practice tests, take a particular section. What does this mean? Choose either the critical reading, math, or writing section then in a set time, take all the, for example, critical reading sections, in a single sample test and on a different day or time, take the other sections.
3). Visit School Websites -This summer, you have many decisions to make, and it’s not your favorite ice cream flavor. I’m talking making decisions based on considering distances, tuition, admission requirements of schools you are considering attending. Advisably, you want to apply as early as you can.
Quick Tip: Because a school says on their website that they admit students with a 3.5 GPA doesn’t mean they won’t admit a student with a 2.9 GPA.
4). Visit The Schools You Are Interested In.
5). If you love to read for fun, read books like historical fiction, business books or other books from authors that will help you improve your vocabulary. The SAT vocabulary is no joke.
6). College Essays– Start writing your college essays, it is never too early!
Hope this helps! For personal questions related to college planning or whatever help you might need, please feel free to message me either down here on the comment section or via my email at NaomisReflections@gmail.com