Prep for your senior year
This is your last summer of fun and freedom before you graduate high school and enter the next phase of your life. Because of that, you will want to make sure you make the most of your summer before you start your senior year of high school. If you start planning now, you will be able to make time for all the things you want to get done over the next few months. Take some time and prep for your senior year, so that you won’t be scrambling later.
SATs and ACTs
First, you will want to get some of the not so fun things out of the way, the most important of them being your SATS and ACTs. The majority of colleges require these tests for you to apply, so getting it down now will help when you start sending off all those applications during your first semester back to school. If you don’t feel prepared to take your tests yet, don’t worry! There are many different companies that offer SAT and ACT prep courses. You can take these at the beginning of the summer so that you are ready to go by the end. If you have already taken your SATs and ACTs, then look over your scores. If you aren’t happy with them and think you can do better, then give it another try! You can take each test more than once, so make sure you are doing your best. Probably your biggest prep for your senior year will be the SATs and ACTs.
Not only do many high schools require some kind of volunteering to be done before you can graduate, but many colleges love to see volunteer experience on applications. This might not sound like a fun way to spend your last real summer, but by choosing something you are passionate about, liking helping animals or mentoring children, you can do something good for your future and have a great time doing it.
Make a List
Now is a great time to start some list making. Think about what colleges you want to go to, then call them up or visit their website to get more information and see what they require for their application. Try to look at schools all over the country. Are you from the midwest? Then check out schools on the east coast. Perhaps you’re from Michigan, make sure to consider schools in California. Just because you get info from a school, doesn’t mean you have to apply, but it will allow you to keep your options open. This is also the perfect time to find out if they require an essay, and what the topic is. Once you know this, you can start brainstorming ideas for your essay. Getting some ideas together, along with a rough outline will help a lot when it comes time to actually writing them.
Book your senior session!
Um, hello? Isn’t this the most important thing. Well, maybe not. But it is important to choose the best photographer for you. Make sure to connect with that photographer about what you like. Get creative and definitely let your personality show in your images. Think about what time of year is your favorite and try to schedule your session in that season. Text me if you have any questions about preparing for your session. Text me, even if you don’t book a session with me. Afterall, my life revolves around senior pictures!
Even though there will be a lot of things to do this summer, make sure you have some fun. This can be as simple as having a weekly sleepover with your best friend, going out to an amusement park for the day or even taking a weekend road trip. Spending time with your friends and making memories will help you to stay calm and handle all the responsibilities that come with getting closer to graduating and moving on to college. The way that you prep for your senior year says a lot about who you will be after your senior year. Take some time and do it right!