It's been four days since I wrote more than an email reply to a client or a quick answer to a Facebook follower, but I am ready to get back to my normal schedule! My husband worked the entire Thanksgiving holiday weekend which meant that I was on full-time mommy duty and I didn't have a moment to spare. I couldn't wait to start writing again.
In fact, on my first full day back to work this week, I edited four essays, replied to two different sets of interview questions (one from a professional reporter and another from a student doing a school project on me—how cute is that?), and put together my long-awaited junior year guide (stay tuned as we unveil it in the coming weeks!). Looking back on my four-day hiatus, I realize that I needed it.
Seniors, if you need a good plan to get back into the writing mode, here are some things to motivate you:
- This is a perfect time to start working on Regular Decision applications and essays. In fact, I have never met a student who regrets doing this before finding out they got admitted to their top choice in Early Decision or Early Action. If you are fortunate enough to be granted an acceptance in the early round, you quickly forget the time you spent on applications and essays that never see the light of day.
- If you wait until you hear back about your Early Decision or Early Action application and you don't get admitted, you will only have about two weeks to get all of your Regular Decision applications out the door. It can get done, but it is stressful. Trust me.
- Review the supplemental essays you have already written for your Early Decision or Early Action schools. There is a high likelihood that you can recycle pieces or themes of these essays for future ones.
- Up your game. Remember that most Regular Decision rounds are more competitive so you want your essays to stand out even more.
- View those Regular Decision colleges as real and viable options. If you view those colleges as back-ups, your essays will reflect that.
"Remember that most Regular Decision rounds are more competitive so you want your essays to stand out even more." TWEET THIS
For those juniors who are already feeling testing-fatigue, follow these tips to keep it in perspective:
- Taking back-to-back SATs or ACTs does not yield the best results. No matter what those test prep tutors tell you, students who take time off in between each test see their biggest score increases.
- Spread out those tests over time! If you want to take the test twice during junior year, plan to do it in the fall or winter for the first time and then the spring for the second time. This "break" will give you a chance to recharge and refocus.
- The summer before senior year is a great time to take the test a final time or prepare for the test in the early fall of senior year.
- You don't need to prep nonstop for these tests. Take a break after each test. Your brain and well-being need it!
- Return to test prep in advance of your next test with a fresh set of eyes and the motivation to crush this next test!