Making the Most of the Pre-College Summer

83217644For many young people, the few months between high school graduation and the start of college are about summer jobs, family time, and those final opportunities to see friends before all head off in different college and career directions.

The U.S. Department of Education, though, recently reminded students of some of the key things high school graduates must do before heading to college.

Some of these eight recommendations are common sense. But some are interesting ideas that many high school graduates may not be considering as they head off to postsecondary education. The full list includes:

      • Make sure your school has your financial aid ready for you
      • Find a part-time job
      • Craft a good resume and learn how to network
      • Create a budget and learn how to manage your money
      • Register for classes and prepare for a whole new world of time management
      • Embrace coupons and master the art of a good deal
      • Learn how to keep you and your things safe
      • Get ready to fill out the FAFSA again in October


Whether you are off to college or you have a family member heading off, the full post from the U.S. Department of Education is well worth the read. Postsecondary education is one of the most important investments an individual can make. One can never consider too much or do too much to ensure it is the strongest investment possible.

How are you, your child or your students going to spend the summer? Email us your comments and feedback.