What to do the Summer Before College

Hello all! My name is Rashmi and I’m a sophomore studying economics and politics! The summer before college application can be stressful for many students. It’s a time when you’re trying to balance relaxation and fun with preparing for the future. In this blog, I hope to give you all some tips and tricks to navigate this time!


  • Start working on your college essay

Your college essay is an important part of your application and can be a major factor in determining whether or not you get accepted into your desired school. Take advantage of the summer break to start brainstorming topics and writing drafts of your essay. This will give you plenty of time to get feedback and revise before the application deadline.


  • Research potential colleges

Use the summer to research potential colleges and universities you’re interested in attending. Look at the academic programs, campus life, and student organizations to get a better sense of what each school has to offer. This will help you narrow down your list of schools and decide which ones to apply to.


  • Visit college campuses

Visiting college campuses is a great way to get a sense of the school’s culture and environment. Many colleges offer tours and information sessions during the summer, so take advantage of this opportunity to visit the schools on your list. If you can’t visit in person, check out virtual tours and information sessions online.


  • Prep for standardized tests

Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT are an important part of the college application process. Use the summer break to prep for these tests by taking practice exams, reviewing study materials, and enrolling in a test prep course if necessary.


  • Pursue your passions

Use the summer break to pursue your passions and interests. Whether it’s playing sports, practicing music, or pursuing creative endeavors, engaging in activities you enjoy can help you relax and recharge for the upcoming school year. It can also be a great way to showcase your unique talents and experiences on your college application.


  • Work on time management skills

College is all about time management, so use the summer break to work on this important skill. Practice prioritizing tasks, setting goals, and sticking to a schedule. This will not only help you in college but also in your personal and professional life.

In conclusion, the summer before applying to college can be a valuable time to prepare for the college application process. Whether it’s starting on your college essay, researching potential schools, prepping for standardized tests, pursuing your passions, or working on time management skills, there are plenty of things you can do to set yourself up for success. Remember to also take time to relax, have fun, and enjoy your summer break before the school year starts again.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at [email protected]. Have an amazing day wherever you are and as always stay ScrippsStrong!