Make the most of your summer and get ready to tackle the next school year successfully!
Here are a few tips from students who have been there about how to prepare between now and August 19th.
Rising Freshmen: from Jonah Basi '22
- Buy your uniforms.
- Do your summer reading early so you can enjoy your summer.
- Login to your Chromebook and Blackboard before the first day of school.
- Consider taking morning or afternoon classes that will allow you to be a more competitive student.
- Be prepared to take on a larger work load, talk with your parents about how you will balance your time and the changes that come with it.
- Explore the list of clubs offered at STA and think about what you might like to get involved in. Find your niche early!
Rising Sophomores: from Zoe Meltz '21
- Volunteer as much as possible and get your service hours done for the school year. The service hour submission deadline for 2018-19 is July 1st. ServiceTrack will reopen in August for submissions for the 2019-20 school year. Remember: Service hours will only be accepted from Approved 501-(c)3 Non-For Profit Agencies.
- Start practicing and preparing for the SAT/ACT.
- Be active and involved during the summer and be ready to do the same during the school year.
- Come into the new year with a good, positive mindset!
Rising Juniors: from Matthew Jahnes & Nick Soviero '20
- Start studying for the SAT as soon as possible and research what dates you may take the exam. Set goals for yourself as you study. Take the PSAT in October seriously.
- Look at college majors you may be interested in and what schools offer them. Not all schools offer the same opportunities.
- Tour the colleges you're most interested in. Just researching the school is not the same as being there!
- Expect periods of intense school work requirements with very little time to relax.
- Use a tool like Google calendar or an agenda to make sure you don't miss an assignment.
- Even though you will have a lot going on this year, don't forget to spend time with your friends and enjoy yourself.
- Come August, if you have trouble with a class, go to tutoring at school or talk to your teacher. There are many opportunities for assistance.
Rising Seniors: from Maggie LaVrar '19 - Headed to University of Tennessee
- Start researching majors that interest you and the schools that support/ offer that major.
- Start looking into the application types of the schools you wish to apply to.
- Write a rough draft of a possible college essay to build off of.
- Come back from summer break with questions so you can get started on your applications right away. The sooner you complete your applications, the less stressed you will be first semester.
- Don't forget to schedule and complete your sitting for your Senior portraits. If you have not already, reach out to Munoz Photography.
As always, your college advisors and school counselors are working together to make your schedule and experience at St. Thomas the most beneficial for you. It's never too early to start to think about what you can do to make yourself the most marketable and prepare for the next step. Don't forget to check out our College Advising Page with tips from the Advising Team on how you can make strides each year to prepare yourself for college.