5 Ways for High School Seniors to Make the Most of Winter Break


Hanging out with friends, earning extra money during seasonal jobs, and sleeping in may be on the list for most high school seniors during winter break.

But here are a few ways they can use some of that time off to prepare for the important months ahead.

Look for a summer job—Many students look for a summer job during spring break, but why not get a head start? You can even collect job applications from local stores while you do your holiday shopping. Fill out the applications and file them in manila envelopes until you’re ready to submit them.

Schedule a college visit—Check the websites of colleges you’re interested in and schedule a time to visit in the near future. Trinity’s next Destination Trinity visit is February 27-28, 2014. Signing up is easy!

Apply for scholarships—Trinity offers lots of scholarships to help students fund their education. If you have already been admitted to Trinity and plan to apply for scholarships, the priority deadline is January 15! Required materials should be received by this date.

File the FAFSA!—After January 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is required if you want to be considered for any need-based grants, work-study, or loans. The priority deadline is February 15, but it’s best to file as early.

Make it special—This is the last winter break before college begins and life changes dramatically. Back to that first list… Yes, hang out with friends, rest, earn extra money for college. And make the most of your time with family over the holidays!