By Erika Norton on April 1, 2016

You’re getting closer to going to college. You might have only one or two years left of high school. You’re feeling overwhelmed, too busy, and tired. Summer is almost here and then you can do nothing, right? Well, almost. If you want to make sure you’re on the right track for college this summer so you don’t fall behind, do at least these four things:

  1. Visit a college campus: Visiting a college campus this summer is the perfect time. Colleges love when you come visit their campus and they have students whose job it is toCollege-visit give you a campus tour and tell you all about their college. The easiest way to schedule a college campus tour is to go to their admissions page on the college website. Call them or look for a link that says “Schedule your Visit.” Start planning your visit now! Download a list of questions to ask when you’re on a campus visit.
  2. Get a summer job: During the summer, you’ll have a lot of free time. Use it wisely to get a job. If you kn ow you’re interested in a specific career, try getting a job or paid internship in that area. This will help give you experience and skills to add to your resume for when you apply to college or later in life. Also remember to save some of that money for college. Talk to your parents about opening a Utah Educational Savings Plan account, which is a savings account specifically for college.
  3. Read: There are many reading lists out there with a variety of books that’ll help you stay sharp over the summer. This will also help keep you sharp for upcoming tests and the ACT. Check them out!
  4. Look for scholarships: Stay on track for the Regents’ Scholarship if you’re pursuing it. You should also be looking for lots of other scholarships. A good starting point is to check out Scholarship America, Fastweb.com, Scholarships.com, Cappex.com, Collegeboard.org, Chegg.com.
    • Tip: When you visit colleges this summer, ask about scholarships. Many colleges post their scholarships on their financial aid website and on department specific websites.
    • We also have a great Scholarship Toolkit to help you apply for scholarships.

Erika Norton is the Manager of the Utah Scholars Initiative. Connect with her on Instagram @freebirdrika