5 ways to use your snow day for college planning

 

Baby, it’s snowing outside! As most of the eastern U.S. is blanketed by snow and gusting winds, how can you, as a high school student, use the snow day for college planning?

Here are 5 tips:

Reflect: Seniors, snow days are a good time to reflect. By now, most of you have submitted your college applications. Others will finish by the January 15th deadline. Some have been accepted, deferred and even (sigh) rejected. You’ve done the hard work; you may need to course-correct and think about Plan B. Take today to remind yourself of all you have accomplished. Sleep in. Enjoy the day with some hot chocolate, coffee or tea. 


Research Summer Plans: It’s tough to think about summer when there are 3-6 inches of snow on the ground but this is the perfect time for juniors, sophomores and freshmen to research summer plans. Will you take on a summer job related to a career interest or hobby? Volunteer for a nonprofit? Perhaps travel abroad and teach English as a second language? How about a pre-college program at a university? Study for the ACT/SAT? Fire up that laptop and research the possibilities. 


Review Your High School Transcript: Take this time to review your high school classes and grades. Are you happy with what you’ve achieved so far? How can you do better? Where do you need help? Maybe you could use help with time management, or organizing multiple assignments by due dates; maybe you could use a tutor. This is a great time to take a quick look and assess where you are and where you want to be. Talk to your parents or a brother/sister or a friend. Get advice. Remember, high school grades are the first criteria colleges look at. Why? Because it is the best indication of what kind of student you will be at their institution. 


Help Your Neighbor: The snow is really coming down! If you have elderly neighbors you may want to check up on them and make sure they are ok. Call your grandparents to check on them too. You ask, ‘what does this have to do with college planning?’ Maybe nothing. Maybe something. It’s just a nice thing to do. 


Chill: Finally... Relax. Be a kid. Spend time with your friends and family. Watch movies. Do nothing. Enjoy the day off. 
 

Spotlight: Stevens Institute of Technology College Tour

Driving to Stevens Institute, one first travels along an industrial waterfront that is minutes from the Holland Tunnel.  Then turn on Washington Street, the lovely Hoboken downtown area with an array of restaurants and shops. Hoboken is a small city on the Hudson River with distinct New York City views. 

As I drive up the hill on Central Street, I pass what I refer to as Greek Row, a group of large Victorian homes of Greek student life and then enter through Stevens castle-like archways.