Yes, we know you're dreaming of sunshine, beaches and sleeping 'til noon (well, if you're a teenager, that is). But summer is an excellent time for rising high school seniors to get a jump start on the college application process. Haven't visited any colleges yet, or missed a few when you made the rounds? Now's the time to make those visits - and also enjoy a little extra attention from admissions staff, as summers are generally less busy than the school year. Picked out your colleges, and thinking about applications? Summer is a great time to start working on application essays. But don't forget to take the time to do the things you love - both to keep yourself happy, and to make sure you have things to write about in those essays. (As well as a little cash in your pocket, if you're working.) Now get out there, and get started!
Anna Ivey is one of the founders of Inline. An experienced admissions consultant and a frequently cited media expert on the topic of college admissions, she is also co-author of the book How to Prepare a Standout College Application. Learn more about Anna's background here.