As the beginning of the school year approaches, have you made the time to reflect on your summer?
Think back to the end of the school year and your plans for the summer months…
- What were your plans?
Did you travel, work, go to camp, take a MOOC, read some books, take classes… or any one of a zillion things? What have you achieved—both planned and unplanned?
- Did you achieve most of what you set out to do?
Did you do even more? Or, did you do less because that felt right to you? (More is not always better.)
- What has been the impact—both short and long term—of your experiences this summer?
Do you think and feel differently than at the beginning of the summer? What are some of the lessons you have learned? How will they influence how you go back to school?
Whether you are a junior, with plenty of time to begin your college search, or a senior who needs to gear up and maintain momentum, now is the time to make your plans for the school year.
Here’s a mindmap I created of “A Year in the Life” of a teen preparing for college. While it starts in January, if you’re a junior, check it out and begin to plan now… If you’re a senior, check in and discover what you have accomplished and what’s on the horizon for you. These are exciting times! If you feel anxious, confused or overwhelmed, there’s lots of help available. Shoot me an email and I can point you in the direction of resources.