High School Juniors, Class of 2022: Here are some Pieces of Advice

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The spring semester has arrived, and you already need to start thinking about college application season as it will follow along quite quickly next Fall.

2020, which seemed to be both the longest and the shortest year of all, has come to its end, and 2021 is here. You have all this year to start digging down and getting ahead of your college applications. 

Together with 2021, Spring semester has arrived, which brings other levels of stress as final exams and projects approach. With so much to study and exams just around the corner, it can be too easy to go crazy. Planning your future ahead is something you need to start doing, and the summer break will come sooner than you think. 

Here you have some steps you can take to make the most out of this year before college application season starts. 

1. Don’t panic!

PSAT/SAT or ACT exams, AP/IB exams, final exams, final projects, it seems too much to handle all together. 

Take into account that you have the whole year to accomplish it all, so there’s no need to rush! Yes, preparing with time is important but worrying about it too early is not only useless, but it can also make you sick

You will have an entire semester in the fall to fill out your college applications! You’ll have all spring and all summer to get yourself on track for the SAT or ACT.

3. Take time to do extensive research.

Do you have some spare time in between all the projects you are juggling? Use it to do some research to find out more about the kinds of colleges and universities that are out there.

Using your summer break, for instance, to spend time with your computer just doing google search after google search can help you start dreaming about what college degree you want to earn and where you want to earn it.

3. Start getting organized!

As you do your research and prepare for the SAT or ACT, you can start to record all the tasks that you will need to accomplish during this time period. 

If you use paper planners, consider investing in a section of your planner or a specific planner for the use of planning for college applications. 

Once junior year ends and senior year begins, you will be anxious and excited. If you start organizing and preparing everything now, it will ease your nerves down the line.

4. If you have some extra time during the weekend, consider attending a virtual college campus tour.

Taking virtual college tours is one of the safest ways to learn everything about potential college campuses for the meantime as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Taking a tour will give you an idea of what your home for the next four years could look like and it will help you start getting used to it. 

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