The class of 2022 has faced plenty of challenges this year. From a shifting testing landscape and changes to the college application process to the highschool experience moved, in some cases, entirely online, little about 2020 has been “normal” for juniors. Looking ahead to spring, when juniors would normally be visiting colleges and getting together application materials, it’s increasingly likely that those activities will look a little different, too. The question becomes, what can juniors do this fall and winter to best position themselves for an uncertain spring?
Our team believes in the power of preparedness and planning ahead. For juniors, this comes down to some simple steps they can take over winter break that can get them on track for college planning and senior year. And the best part? They won’t even need to leave the house.
- Volunteer, virtually. Community service is an important aspect of the college application. In fact, according to one recent survey, for over 50% of college admissions officers, it can act as a tie-breaker between similarly talented applicants. Volunteering during a pandemic may look different, but luckily, there are tons of ways to help out using a computer and an internet connection. Here’s a list to get your child started.
- Visit colleges from home. In-person visits may be off the table this spring, but there’s no reason why students can’t start “visiting” colleges from home. Many colleges offer virtual webinars, info sessions, tours, and more. Now is also a good time for them to connect with older students attending schools they may be interested in and do website “deep dives” to learn more about organizations, clubs, and extracurricular options. Our college admissions team has put together a complete “virtual visit” plan here.
- Start test prep. Did you know that much of the content covered on the ACT and SAT is linked to what students learn up through junior year? With a school routine now in place and new content fresh in their minds, now’s the perfect time to develop your child’s test prep strategy. Our team can help you understand your options and get started.
- Recharge. While the above suggestions are concrete ways for juniors to get a head start on the new year, taking the time to rest now will also set them up for success down the road. This year has been hard on everyone, so be sure to encourage time for self-care, too, whatever that looks like for your child. There’s no doubt that they’ve earned it!
Have specific questions about your child’s junior year? Our team is here to help. Contact us for personalized recommendations.