4 Easy Ways to Get Ahead Before College

‘Sup, senior Shmoopers?

How’s that senioritis treating you? Classes are almost over, you’ve made your college decisions, and now you’re stocking up on license plate holders and lanyards and anything else that sports your new school logo. (iPhone case, anyone?)

If you can’t curb the college excitement, here are a few ways to stay busy that don’t involve obsessively checking your admitted students Facebook group.

1. Choose a major.

You might have a few years and several panic attacks left before you have to commit to a major, but it can’t hurt to think about it now. After all, isn’t that the whole point of going to college? To, uh, learn some stuff? Poke around on your school’s website and see what they have to offer. It’ll be a huge help when the time comes to sign up for classes: you won’t want to skip Physics 101 if you plan on working your way up to Advanced Topics in Quantum Mechanics. (You overachiever, you.)

2. Apply for (more) scholarships.

If you’re thinking, “been there, done that,” then…way to be on top of things. If you’re thinking, “all the deadlines have passed, so it’s too late,” then…way to be wrong. There are thousands of scholarships out there, many of which are still accepting apps, so keep looking. And in case your brain has already switched into Summer Mode (a.k.a. off), Shmoop’s College Scholarship Essay Lab can help you apply.

P.S. Scholarships aren’t only for incoming freshmen. You can apply for new scholarships every year. (The fun never stops, arewerite?)

3. Think about extracurriculars.

College is going to be your home away from home for the next few years. And as much as you love listening to lectures, pulling all-nighters, and studying for exams without any breaks, you’ll probably get a little antsy…and a little friendless. So poke around and see what looks good: knitting club, student government, Quidditch team…whatever floats your boat. (Boat floating might even be an option.)

4. Relax.

Stress. Separation anxiety. That extra donut you had last night. Lots of things might make your stomach turn when it comes to college planning. But, believe us, you’ll have plenty of time to deal with all that. For now, take a break from all the checklists and worried excitement to enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. Trust us: you’ll miss your little brother’s obsession with Cool Whip when you’re off at school.

Good luck finding the senioritis antidote,

Quote of the Week

“My only plan after graduation
was to become a full-time gunter.”

~ Ready Player One

We know you’re headed for bigger and better things than this guy. Is “gunter” even a real job? Just sayin’.

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