Last Updated: July 23, 2013
With some quality time off of school, make sure you take advantage of this low-stress period to accomplish some big priorities, like, COLLEGE.
Here are 5 things every college-bound senior needs to do before Spring Break ends:
1. Visit Your Schools in Question: If you’re unsure about which college or university is the right match for you, you might to avoid simply flipping a coin. “Heads? Okay, State it is!” Make an informed decision, not a random one. If the schools in question are in close proximity to you, take a mini trip during Spring Break to remind yourself why you liked them in the first place, or even, why one school might actually be a better fit.
2. Contact Current College Students: By Spring Break your senior year, you’ve probably done considerable college research already. But since the deadline to making a decision is approaching, finding out about nitty gritty stuff might help your decision-making. Send an email or a Facebook message to a friend, or a friend of a friend, or person you had gym class with junior year who’s already enrolled and attending a school you’re interested in. Ask questions about the social life, how much homework they have, where they like to hang out on campus. For many, college is a passion and they’d be more than willing to chat with you about it.
3. Find Scholarships!!!!: A break from a school gives you the perfect opportunity to dig up as many scholarships as you can. If you’ve already received your financial aid award letter, you’ll know how much more of your tuition you’ll have to cover. Finding scholarships is a great way to cover a big portion, if not all, of your tuition. There are easy-to apply-to-scholarships out there, especially on Cappex.com, so get going!
4. Talk with Your Family or Guidance Counselor: Flesh out your college or university options with people who are looking out for your best interest and education. Go over your choices, the different tuitions, locations, and find out what your biggest advocates think about your college choices. Since higher education is such a big and important decision, and a costly one, listening to input from people who want to see you succeed can help you make the right choice.
5. Avoid Going Crazy Waiting for an Acceptance Letter: The final word of wisdom we hope to instill in you is to avoid mental breakdowns over an acceptance letter. Many acceptance letters arrive over Spring Break, so try to avoid biting your nails off or freaking out your friends with your anxiety. Getting into a school or not will not make or break you. No matter where you land, you are in charge of making your college career what it is. So relax ,and enjoy your Spring Break.
Original Post Date: February 10th, 2011