Students, parents, and educators think a lot about standardized testing. Starting in sophomore year of high school, the SAT and ACT loom large. Which test promises more success? What will be on each section? How can a student best prepare?
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Summer is over all too fast. Barbecues, pool parties, vacation trips, fireworks—with so many fun activities, Memorial Day becomes Labor Day in a flash. However, in between weekend trips and rushing to your summer job, consider investing some of those hours in your future.
You’re a graduate! Congratulations!
You’ve passed your finals, aced your SAT (or ACT), and received your acceptance letters. The countdown to your first semester has started. But—there’s a whole summer to get through first.
Google “Summer after high school graduation” and you will find lots of suggestions. Most of them are attached to numbers (30 things to do…50 Things to Do…5 Ways to Make the Most…15 Tips…). We at A+ decided to do a little research and compile some of the best ideas.
We sat down to chat with Tina Gregor, an experienced College Admission Consultant from College Pursuit. This company, according to Tina, “provides college-bound students and their families with personalized counseling and support throughout the college selection and admission process.” College Pursuit has been instrumental in assisting students throughout the process and celebrating their acceptances to various colleges, such as Drexel, UVA, Georgetown, University of Pennsylvania, and many others.
Contributed by Gail Slogoff
“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life. It’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.”
If you’ve ever caught yourself saying mean things to yourself, calling yourself lazy, stupid, or a failure, then you know what it’s like to have an inner critic. We can be incredibly judgmental of ourselves, and we often say things to ourselves that we would never say to a friend.
Contributed by Gail Slogoff
For most high school juniors, the year leading up to application deadlines is extremely stressful. On top of keeping up with classes, studying for entrance exams, and visiting colleges, students have the agonizing task of creating “the list” of schools to which they want to apply. For students, this time period can cause an enormous amount of fear, uncertainty, and self-doubt. As parents, we know it can be stressful, but we don’t always know how bad it can be.
In Part Two of our “Roadmap” series, we mentioned that sophomore year is not too soon to think about your future college career. Beginning the admissions process early cuts down on stress. It also allows time for “course corrections” if you hit unexpected roadblocks.
In Part One of our Roadmap to College series, we mentioned that getting an early start on college admission planning is a good idea. Sophomore year of high school is not too soon to begin thinking about your future college career.
When should you start thinking about college?
We are tempted to say, “It’s never too early.” That might be misleading. Certainly, a third-grader has better things to do than compare “superscoring” policies! However, planning ahead allows you plenty of time to make important college decisions without feeling rushed or pressured.