Use Holiday Down Time to Apply for Scholarships and Prep for Exams


Soon you will hear the results of those Early Action and Early Decision applications.

Use every defeat or setback as a reason to say, “I can do better.” Use every victory to say, “I knew I could do this!”

During the holiday break:

  • Get to know seniors outside your inner circle of friends. Fast forward to your 10-year reunion and won’t it be great to know more than a few folks there?
  • Believe in yourself, and others will, too.
  • As you approach final exams, think of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “This Is My Letter to the World.” Her life, and your life, is “the letter.” She tells us to do our best and hope that others will, then, regard that effort and judge us accordingly.

For love of her, sweet countrymen,
Judge tenderly of me!

  • Time to apply for scholarships, both through the college at which you’ve been accepted and “3rd party” scholarships though your parents’ employer, insurance company, church, local companies like Target, etc. Most scholarship applications will have an essay component (often similar questions), you can now go back to those college essays you’ve saved and, depending on the word count, adjust to fit the scholarship essay.


  • Sign up for a test prep course or organize your own test prep, but do something to prepare for upcoming SAT and ACT exams.
  • Register for a spring SAT and ACT: ACTs are administered at local high schools and community colleges in February, April and June and then again in September, October and December. SATs are given in January, March, May and June and again in October, November and December.