Some people refer to the summer before senior year as your “senior summer” and others believe it’s the summer right after graduation, but both are equally important. No matter which you are referring to, there are plenty of things you can be doing during the summer to make these transitional seasons much easier on your and your crazy schedule! These are a few items to knock off your to-do list (and even more importantly, to stay healthy and happy!):
-Purge and clean: Even if you’re just entering senior year, you will likely be leaving for college or moving out after graduation, so it’s a great time to clear out the unnecessary clutter you don’t need anymore. You don’t have to go full minimalist to organize your things, but it will sure feel great to not have extra things to clean, sort through or donate as the year progresses. We also recommend cleaning out your closet and donating or consigning the things you don’t wear; you may make a little extra cash as well (at places like Plato’s Closet), which we know all students can use. Don’t neglect your car, which often becomes the stashing ground for lots of clutter, trash, or sports equipment.
-Ask for help in creating your resume and work history: This sounds a bit preemptive to some, but learning how to make a resume early on is one of the best things you can do! You definitely do not want to be figuring out this important skill the night before you need to apply for a job or a scholarship. You can use a free template in a program like Microsoft Word, or you can use a fancier design program like Canva, which is free. You can start simple with a list of your work history and volunteer experience, and enlist the help of a parent or advisor when it comes to what else you should include. Then, once you have your foundation, add it into your template or design. Make a few copies and save it as a PDF that you can edit as you add more things to it.
-Brush up on life skills: Yeah, yeah, we know you’ve probably heard your parents urging you to do this, but we can’t emphasize it enough. When you head off to college, it’ll be quite the learning curve, and brushing up on things like balancing a checkbook, using your savings and checking accounts, dealing with FAFSA and student loans. Not only that, but also learning to meal plan, grocery shop, iron, sew (yep, even if its just a button), and staying on top of current events will serve you so well when you’re on your own (plus, it’ll totally impress your parents and your friends!). Don’t be afraid to ask the “silly” questions, like how to run the laundry or dishwasher, and how to apply for a loan or a credit card (with permission of course), and you’ll feel extra confident.
-Practice your essay writing: There will be a ton of times in senior year and college when you will need to write an essay. Practicing now (even when it isn’t fun) is the best way to stay fresh in your writing and grammatical skills, and you can find sample topics online. If you write generic topics you can find on google, then you may even be able to use them in the future as outlines that are already done…what’s better than that?!
Of course, you’ll want to enjoy your senior summer, so don’t neglect the fun stuff, like heading to the beach with your friends, shopping with your besties, or going to the movies with your family. Even though your to-do list may feel long, remember that the summer is short, and it’s okay to take time to enjoy it!