The Junior year is filled with much to be done from rigorous academic classes, to extracurricular achievements, to testing, to looking at colleges. It is certainly a marathon, not a 100-yard dash. Those hardy kids have already passed many mile markers, but the toughest leg of the race is still ahead of them here in the heat of summer. It is time to begin work on college applications.
I know, I know. School is just over and the summer days are brimming with fun activities. Yet, years of experience have proven to me that families are happier in the long run if they are moving forward with college applications now, even in the midst of summer adventures. We don’t send them in yet, but we can utilize the breathing room of summer break to get those amazing essays perfected, to polish that great activity list, and to get all the school documents finalized that homeschoolers must provide to colleges.
Like a marathon, it is a slow process that must be paced. Breathing room helps everyone stay sane and minimizes family conflict. It gives us time to ponder, to make course corrections and to be more original.
While many families would like to put if off as long as possible and hope to have time over Thanksgiving or Christmas break, I have found, repeatedly, that a 100-yard sprint at the last minute yields sloppy work and disappointing college choices. There is much to go haywire in the final hours.
Thus I encourage Juniors to keep up the steady pace. Certainly, you need to rest and recuperate this summer, but you need to keep jogging forward with college applications.
I’d love to help you spend your summer wisely. I only have a couple of slots left for Private Clients who will graduate in 2020.
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