Stay on Track

Checklist for this Week, May 13, 2013

For freshmen

  • Start your summer reading program this week. Visit your public library or local bookstore.
  • It is never too early to start searching for colleges. Surf the Web for college information.

For sophomores

  • If you get a summer job, it will be the first work experience that you will record on your resume. Make a note of the date that you start work and the full name of your supervisor.
  • Adhere to all company rules and regulations. Arrive on time and fulfill all responsibilities for which you were hired.
  • Review the paperwork that you receive from your supervisor with your parents. Complete federal tax forms.
  • When you receive your first paycheck, review the various amounts withheld from your check. Discuss these with your parents and find out where all your money goes. Commit to depositing at least some money each month into a savings account.

For juniors

One of your first tasks this summer might be taking the SAT or SAT Subject tests. Here are a few hints to help you prepare:

  • Get a good night's rest before the test.
  • Allow adequate time to travel to the test center.
  • Wear a watch so that you can monitor time.
  • Take your admission ticket, proof of identification, and plenty of No. 2 pencils to the test.
  • You may also wish to take a calculator.
  • Do not rush through the first questions. You want to answer the easy questions carefully, to make sure that you get those correct.
  • If you can eliminate one or two answers, you may want to guess on a response. If you have no idea what the correct answer to a question may be, it is better to skip that question.

For seniors

This summer you will want to accomplish several tasks:

  • Your chosen college will require that certain health forms be completed. You may need to set up appointments with your family doctor, dentist, optometrist, and other professionals.
  • Attend the college orientation program that your college provides.
  • Work as many hours as possible and save as much of your summer earnings as possible to help you with first-year expenses.
  • Continue contributing to your community with your volunteer services.

For parents

  • Be sure that the family calendar contains important events, dates, and times. Family vacations, camp weeks, college orientations, and other events should be recorded early in the summer.
  • Schedule doctor appointments early. Remember that colleges will require health forms.
  • If your teenager is working, post the work schedule on the family bulletin board or refrigerator.
  • Discuss summer chores, curfews, and other critical family issues with your teenager this week.
  • Encourage your child to read.
  • Consider scheduling a visit to a college over the summer.