Parents: use this checklist to confer with your student on summer goals, and ensure everyone’s timing is aligned.
❑ Finalize a list of target schools.
❑ Discuss financial parameters in depth as a family.
❑ Plan campus visits for summer or ideally in early fall when schools are in session.
❑ Secure a summer job and establish a work schedule.
❑ If you want to volunteer, identify community service opportunities aligned with your interests.
❑ Choose the ACT or SAT based on spring scores, register for the fall test, and consider test prep.
❑ Develop a spreadsheet of target schools with deadlines for Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision.
❑ Review application requirements and essay questions for each college on your list; open an account with the Common Application and get a head start filling out the easy parts.
❑ Review scholarship application requirements and essay questions.
❑ Everyone: outline and make progress on your essays.
❑ Athletes: work with your coaches and recruiters to identify showcase events or summer sports camps, and register with the NCAA.
❑ Artists: work on your portfolio and/or auditions; check target school websites for requirements.
❑ Consider which teachers, counselors or coaches might write a letter of recommendation on your behalf, and reach out to them with a request. If your school uses Naviance, fill out the “senior reflection” and have parents complete the “parent brag questionnaire.” Naviance has a terrific template for requesting recommendations as well.
❑ Do your summer reading for the fall semester, and mentally prepare to continue working hard senior year.
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