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School’s out, which means enjoying the warm weather, spending time with friends and family, and taking time to reset. While all of these things are important, the summer before your junior year of high school is also a great time to get a head start on preparing for college. College application time may feel far away, but it will be here before you know it, and doing some preparation and planning now will help you to get organized and stay on track. Trust us, you’ll be thanking yourself when school starts again and you’re balancing college prep with your regular school and extracurricular activities. 

Organizing your college list, taking college tours and planning future tours, and preparing for standardized tests are the major points on your list, but you can also utilize the summer to build up your extracurricular activities. The point is, there are many steps you can take to prepare for college that can be fun–did we mention that volunteering to take care of furry animals was on the list?–and easy, but will make a world of a difference in getting the ball rolling on college prep. 

Check out the infographic below for your summer to-do list, and stay tuned for summer to-do lists for other high school grade levels!

See also: Peterson’s SAT and ACT test prep.