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How to Utilize Your Spring Break

No Comments 13 March 2017

It’s never too early to start preparing for college. Spring break is great time to get ahead of the game. Between your Netflix marathons and beach trips, here are some tips for preparing for college during any grade.

Build a College List

Take some time to think about what you want from your college experience. What size campus do you want? What do you think you want to study? How far from home do you want to be?

Once you’ve answered these questions, research colleges that fit your requirements. From there, you can start to build your college list. Make sure your college list includes a variety of safety, match and reach schools.

Make Time for Extracurriculars

Utilize this free time to make your college application stand out. Reach out to a professional in your desired career path and shadow them for a day. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen. Grades and test scores are important, but colleges want to see who you are beyond those criteria. Show your dream college why you’d be a great fit in their community.

Practice for the ACT or SAT

Complete a few practice questions every day of spring break. Review some geometry concepts. Spend a little more time reading. The earlier you begin preparing for the test, the better you will likely perform on the test. Whether you’re about to take the test for the first, second or third time, any bit of preparation helps.

Look into Scholarships

It is never too early to start looking start thinking about money for college. Make sure your College Greenlight profile is up-to-date so we can match you to scholarships you are eligible for. We always are updating our scholarship database, so check in weekly to see what’s new on your list. Get creative with your scholarship search as well. Reach out to local businesses, your place of worship or leaders in your community to see if they are aware of any local scholarship opportunities

Pick Next Year’s Classes

Your high school courses should be selected with a bit of strategy. Aside from your required classes, think about what classes will best serve you in the future. Experiment with different subject matter to see if you can a course you’d be passionate about to study in college. If you are eligible, see where you can fit in a college credit or AP class.

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Winter Break Checklist

No Comments 26 December 2016

The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here – it’s winter break! A time for catching up with friends and celebrating the holidays with loved ones. This is also a great opportunity to get a head start on college applications. Here are some suggestions for how to spend your time over break.

Search for scholarships. Is your College Greenlight profile up to date? The more information you give us in your profile, the more scholarships we can match you to! While you’re on break from school, this is a great time to go out into your community to look for local scholarship opportunities. Community scholarships may be smaller in award amount, but those amounts add up! Visit places like your library, local businesses, and your community newspapers to get started.

Find volunteer opportunities. Academic excellence is vital in college, but it is not the only thing schools want to see. Colleges are looking for well-rounded students to add to their student body. A great way to show this is by volunteering in your area. Colleges value students who are active citizens in their community. A shelter, a local chapter of a national organization, or your church are great places to look for volunteer positions.

Go on college visits. Are you interested in any colleges fairly close to home? Winter break is a great time to check out these schools! While students will not be on campus at these times, it is still valuable to visit. You’ll be able to get a feel for the campus and have questions answered by various members of the college’s staff.

Write college application essays. A good essay will take a lot of thought and time. For those applications due in the second half of the school year, winter break is a great time to gather your thoughts and start writing those essays. If you take a few days to develop an idea, plan out your essay, and then compose, as opposed to doing it all a few days before your essay is due, you will likely see better results!

Work on your Greenlight Scholars Application. Use winter break to make sure your Greenlight Scholars Application is in tip-top shape! Clean up your social media accounts. Make sure there’s nothing on there you wouldn’t want a college admissions counselor to see. Take the time to reflect on the colleges you’re interested in to see if there are any other colleges you should add to your list.

One suggestion for your winter break – relax! Recharge your batteries and finish out the school year strong!


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