Your senior year of high school can be an extremely busy time. It seems like every week there is something else to do to prepare for the next few years of your life. On top of that, you still have to balance school, jobs, extracurricular activities and more. Luckily, there are a few ways you can stay ahead of the game and prepare for your senior year right now. This article will list a few things you can do to get ready for your last year of high school.

1. Apply for Scholarships

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It’s never too early to start thinking about scholarships and financial aid. There are thousands of scholarships out there and all it takes is a little bit of digging to find them. Even if the deadline is a few months away, you can write the essay now to submit it later on. Don’t pass up the the opportunity to get free money!

2. Practice Taking Standardized Tests

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The summer months are a great time to focus on getting your ideal SAT/ACT scores. This time can also be the last chance you have to take these tests before applying to colleges. Take advantage of test prep materials and study now to get the best score for your application in the fall.

3. Visit Colleges

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Summer is also a good time to take college tours. Although there might not be as many students on campus during summer, you can still get an idea of what each school is like before you apply. If possible, take tours and talk to as many people as possible during the summer to learn more about each school.

4. Write College Application Essays

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Even if you are planning to apply to college in the fall, it’s never too early to think about writing essays. Many schools make essay topics available to potential students early. Take advantage of this extra time to start working on these essays now. Start thinking about the topic now to write a better essay later.

5. Take Summer Classes

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College can be incredibly expensive, but getting credit before you leave high school is one of the best ways to cut down on costs. Take classes at a local community college or online to get basic classes out of the way. This will also cut down on the number of classes you have to take in the end.

6. Volunteer