Summer has arrived!

No matter if you are a high school student, recent grad headed to college or returning undergrad, summer break should be a time of both relaxation and preparation. Spend quality time with your friends and family, take a vacation and catch up on all that sleep you lost during your final exams – but don’t completely lose sight of the necessary to-dos.

Follow these tips and you will not only be rejuvenated by the time the first day of school rolls around, but also ready to tackle your studies with full focus and energy: 

  • Who couldn’t use some extra help paying for school? Conduct an online search for open scholarship programs, as well as those with fall launch dates – Make a list with the appropriate dates and application instructions so you’ll be ready to apply later on
  • Confirm your class schedule and required books, if possible – Search online for great deals on new and used textbooks and have them in hand before school starts
  • Shop for school necessities early to avoid long lines
  • Don’t wait until the last few days to pack – Pack a little each week in the month leading up to your departure
  • Write and mail thank you letters to scholarship sponsors, anyone who provided a recommendation letter for you and graduation gift-givers
  • Review your non-school related commitments and activities for the year and how they fit into your schedule – Will you be able to juggle a job, homework and that varsity sport or club? If not, you may need to revise your plan
  • If you have a summer job, save as much of your earnings as you can – You’ll be happy to have some bonus cash for those unforeseen expenses during the school year

Good luck and have a great summer!