Congrats grad, you made it! Graduation marks a big milestone in one’s life and it’s a bittersweet moment. On one hand you’re happy and ready to start a new chapter in your life, but on the other hand, it’s a little hard saying bye to old friends or realizing how time flew by so fast. Either way, you should be proud of yourself on a job well done.
Now, it’s cool to want to sit back, relax, and just enjoy your summer, but, let me tell you something– notice the three letter word “sum” in summer. Sit in a quite place with a pen, notepad, and an energized mind, and just sum up your year. Did you enjoy it? If no, then ask yourself why? What would you have done differently? What are some goals that you want to achieve now but weren’t able to during the academic year? Now look at those goals and go ahead, make a plan to achieve at least two of them by the end of the summer.
If you happen to be a high school grad, use the time to search and apply for scholarships, volunteer or intern at a program that might seem interesting if you haven’t decided on a major yet, or if you’re going away to college plan a trip with family and/or friends and spend as much time with them as possible.
If you are still in high school, then I strongly suggest researching colleges, see what program you want to get into or the area of study you wish to pursue, search the requirements or study tips for entrance exams, take a Kaplan study course, and most importantly, begin preparing your college essays for application time. The day is coming sooner than you think and it’s best to be ready and prepared ahead of time. Best wishes, Congratulations and Good Luck!