Drive to Success: Yes, you are busy. But you will only get busier. If you’re interested in driving, get your license ASAP. Driving is still a great skill to have even if you don’t have a car. Not to mention, adulting requires a state-issued ID for everything!
Find Fun Campus Events: Identify your top 3–5 colleges, seek out a fun campus event for each, and plan your college visits accordingly. This will provide you an opportunity to see the campus and its students outside the ever-lively lecture halls.
Plan Your Testing Calendar: Ideally, all SAT/ACT testing should be completed by March of your junior year, allowing time for subject and AP tests in spring and makeup tests in fall of senior year. Check out: https://www.collegeboard.org/
Find a Creative Angle: Brainstorm 3 positive adjectives that describe you. Write 2–3 sentences that highlight a time when you demonstrated each adjective. You now have the seeds for 3 college essay topics. Be authentic: this is the key area of the application that allows you to express your personality!
Let Go of Your “Cutesy” Email Address: Choose your “forever email” that will give college admissions officers, and future employers, a great first impression. “FirstName.LastName@domain.com” is always a winner. Use this email address for all college-related and job-search communications.
Serve…Yourself: Find balance. Life is short, and the final days, weeks, even months of your high school career shouldn’t be a chore. Plan time with your friends, volunteer for a cause you care about, step back from the books, and enjoy yourself!