Written by Lisa Bleich
Juniors, start off the year with a plan of what you want to achieve and how.
This will make the year more productive and less overwhelming.
Create a Testing Plan.You can see the full listing of test dates and plan out for the year when you will take what. Register early so you can take the test at your choice of location.
Develop a Plan for Junior Year.
Identify two or three academic, social and extracurricular goals for yourself. Junior year is intense, so figure out where you want to spend your time before school starts, so you are not working in overdrive without a direction.
Get to Know Your Guidance Counselor.
This is a great time to develop a relationship with your guidance counselor. Stop by just to say hi and see how his or her summer was.
Plan college visits.
The Jewish holidays, Columbus Day and Teachers’ Convention (for NJ students) are great opportunities to visit schools. Pick one area and visit two to three schools, one large state, one small liberal arts and one in-between. Keep a journal of likes and dislikes. goseecampus is a helpful tool.
Take the PSATs.
The PSATs can only work in your favor if you do well, they will not hurt you if you do not do well. They are used to determine National Merit Scholars and give students an opportunity to get used to the SATs.
Register for National Portfolio Day
If you plan on submitting an art portfolio. This offers you an opportunity to have your portfolio reviewed by numerous art schools at the same time and get feedback to improve your portfolio over the next year before a final submission. National Portfolio Day Link.
Understand your Expected Family Contribution.
It’s good to plan early to determine your budget for college. Here’s a post about how to “have the talk.”