Holy cow, it’s the middle of June already! With COVID-related impacts, this summer isn’t quite what most high-school students and parents planned. Most of the students and families we know have been handed more than a few lemons. Sports, camps, summer jobs and travel are restricted or put on hold. But lemons make for tasty lemonade when it comes to summertime college planning progress. Summer college planning isn’t cancelled! Now’s the time to squeeze in college planning and ACT Test Prep before summer slips away! Get ahead of the game with ACT Test Prep, College Search, College Applications & Essays, and Guidance for Prospective Student Athletes.
Keep reading for ideas for every grade and stage to squeeze all you can out of this summer! During summer, you don’t have AP classes, sports, after-school activities and homework keeping you busy. Check ACT Test Prep and college planning, even college applications and essays off your list! You’ll thank yourself when fall comes and your schedule’s back in full swing.
Seniors Slam Dunk College Applications & Essays this Summer
If you’re graduating in 2021, you’re a legit high-school senior now! While you can’t hit submit until fall for most schools, you can do everything else right now! Set up your Common App account, get organized, collect all your college applications materials, even write that killer essay this summer. Save yourself stress this fall. We can help with our College Applications & Essays Bootcamp and other College Applications Guidance services.
Rising seniors thinking about retaking the ACT exam have time to prep and boost scores for the July 18 or September 12 ACT exam and still get your score back in time for Early Action college application deadlines.
If you need help finalizing your college shopping cart for fall applications, summer’s the time to do it! While COVID put the brakes on in-person college campus visits, schools have responded with a wider array of virtual visit options than ever before. If you need College Search guidance, now’s the time to get help before college applications peak season this fall.
Schedule a free consult now to make senior year smooth sailing!
Juniors Knock Out ACT Test Prep This Summer
Class of 2022, knock out ACT Test Prep this summer! Many rising juniors and their parents don’t realize that you don’t HAVE to wait until the state-mandated ACT exam the spring of your junior year. For many soon-to-be juniors, summer’s a much easier time to devote energy to ACT Test Prep than fall or winter. We work with a ton of rising juniors, as well as rising seniors each summer who want to make productive use of summer free time to check a killer ACT score off their list of things to do.
Rising juniors should also focus on defining and finding the University of You™, that dream school that sets the standard for what you want, need, don’t want and don’t need in your ideal college experience. Once you’ve defined the University of You™, you’ll know exactly what you’re shopping for. Summer’s the ideal time for College Search, so you can get clear about what you’re shopping for and line up amazing options, including hidden gems and high-value colleges that will reward you for your academic and other achievements with merit aid that makes college more affordable. All year, but especially during the summer, our college GPS, Tom Kleese, is on the hunt for great options for our students. Nothing pleases Tom more than unearthing a school that you’ve never heard of that fits the bill just right.
Prospective student athletes entering junior year this fall are getting serious about finding the right team and right school for you. It can help to have some guidance about how and when to reach out to coaches, how to tackle plans for camps and clinics, especially in light of COVID-related restrictions and impacts. You can contact our Coach for Prospective Student Athletes, Stephanie Barth, to learn exactly what you should be doing, when and how to get noticed by your schools and teams of interest. Schedule a free consult to fast-forward your college recruiting path.
For DIY-ers who just need the right co-pilot, online college coaching can be just the ticket. Join College-Bound Confidence for college planning training & tools month after month on every topic and skill you’ll need to navigate every step of the journey from freshman year to making a confident college choice as a senior.
Sophomores Start Strong Now
Rising sophomores (those who’ll be sophomores this year) are smart to schedule a FREE ACT Practice Exam to satisfy your curiosity about what this big old test is all about. An ACT Practice Exam helps you understand what it’s like to sit for a three and a half-hour exam, and shows you exactly how you’ll do, and where you might need help once you’re ready to prepare next year. Our practice exams include a free consult where we’ll review your exam results with you and your parents.
Sophomores and their parents are also super smart to come in for a free consult to get the answers you need to make the path smooth and stress-free between now and when you’re ready to get serious about college planning. Our clients tell us that the free consult was super helpful in addressing everything from AP classes to how to do college campus visits well, and that starting the conversation early really helped reduce stress and lend focus and direction to their college planning efforts.
For prospective student athletes, sophomore year is key for outreach to college coaches, as well as taking it to the next level in competitions, practice and in thinking about what comes after high school. Athletes often benefit from guidance on next steps for College Athletic Recruiting before or once they hit sophomore year. You can schedule a free consult with Stephanie Barth if you’d like to learn more.
Freshmen Fast-Track Your Progress With Focus on Academics
Parents of students who’ll be freshmen this fall LOVE free consults with us, where you can count on us to echo some of the key messages you’ve been sharing at home, like “turn in your homework because it all counts day one!” Come in for a free consult to get the answers you need.
For student athletes, the summer before your freshman year of high school is also a great time to consider whether you might want to pursue college athletics. While you certainly don’t need to make any decisions or commitments any time soon, starting early means you can set yourself up for great options later. Our Coaching for College-Bound Athletes helps outline the steps you can take at every grade and stage now throughout your high school career.
Parents of new high school students also benefit greatly from easing into the college conversation with College-Bound Confidence. There’s no better way to keep the pulse on all things college planning than with fresh training, tools and insights, month after month!
For every grade and stage, you can squeeze this summer for all it’s worth and make it your best summer yet!