1. Finalize next year’s course schedule.
If you’re currently studying in your home country, think about the courses you should take next year to make you a stronger candidate for U.S. admission. Just because it’s your last year doesn’t mean that you can take it easy. Admissions officers will see how rigorous your class schedule was when comparing you with other candidates.
2. Decide on your summer plan.
If you haven’t already, you need to have a plan for the next few months. Kicking it with your homeboys is all summer is not going to impress anyone. Think of ways to make this summer meaningful and enriching. For example:
- Work or volunteer for a local charity
- Travel and study abroad
- Weigh the benefits of doing substantial work for a small organization versus working filing papers and doing grunt work for a big-name company.
3. Start thinking about recommendations.
It’s not too early to start. If it’s a teacher, counselor or boss, start by asking them now. They don’t have to write it immediately, but it’s a good way to let them know that you would appreciate their help. If no one comes to mind, use this summer to find a mentor and build a relationship.
4. Start your college essay.
At the very least, think about what you might want to say. Consider what character qualities you want to highlight and the important points in your life that will help admissions officers understand who you are. Perhaps your experiences this summer could serve as the basis for your essay. Many universities have more specific essay questions, but having an idea of how you want to present yourself will still be helpful.
Would you like an admissions expert’s guidance on your U.S. university application? Don’t miss WES Student Advisor’s webinar, Starting Your U.S. Application: Timelines and Deadlines.
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 10-11 a.m. EST