It’s officially summer now! Given how this year ended, it may be hard to think about school in the fall. However, now is a good time to reflect on this past year and set your goals for the upcoming school year.
Look back at this past year:
- Are you happy with your grades?
- Did you enjoy your classes?
- Did you spend enough (or too much) time in extracurricular activities?
- Are there activities or classes you wish you could have taken?
- What one change will you make for school next year?
Make yourself a calendar. Get a big poster board or poster paper. Assign yourself tasks and make a monthly calendar. Yes; a good old handmade calendar! Write every day of the month and assign important tasks for each day. Write down the date and time of your activities on the calendar. Put this calendar on your bedroom wall so that you can wake up to it every morning and plan your day accordingly.
Have a back-up digital calendar. You will not be able to carry your giant calendar with you everywhere you go, so let technology come to the rescue! Apps like Evernote and Focus Booster can certainly come in handy if you need some boost in staying focused and completing your tasks. If you are looking for something less sophisticated, your phone can be a great time-management tool. I personally rely on my i-Calendar on a daily basis and do not know what I would do without it.
A successful college admission process requires advance planning and efficient time management. At EdMission Possible, we guide our students in the right direction by making sure they stay focused and keep their deadlines with constant reminders. If you feel like you could use a little more motivation or encouragement, call or e-mail us today to inquire about our college planning services.
Burcak Deniz Cakir
Founder and President | EdMission Possible
Burcak Deniz Cakir has a B.A. in Foreign Language Education, an M.A. in English Language Teaching, and an M.B.A., all of which have laid the solid foundation for her professional experiences as an educator. She has completed the College Counseling Program at UCLA, which is known to be the most prestigious certificate program in the profession. She has previously taught English as a Foreign/Second Language (EFL/ESL) in Turkey and in the U.S. at Virginia Tech, Harcum College, Rutgers University (Newark and New Brunswick Campuses), and Pace University. Having taught EFL/ESL at the college level for over 20 years, Burcak can communicate effectively with college-age students from different countries. She is bilingual in Turkish and English. Her extensive experience with international students from many countries including but not limited to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Korea, and China has given her the opportunity to understand their unique problems that domestic students may not be facing throughout the college admissions process, such as but not limited to extra testing requirements (TOEFL, IELTS), the translation of high school transcripts and recommendation letters, different financial forms and statements required, visa issues, being homesick, culture shock, etc.
Burcak is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and a Voting Member of the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC). She currently lives in Edison, New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and her four-legged son. In her free time, she can be found spending time with her family, reading (lots!) about college admissions and college essays, watching her favorite movies, getting lost in design magazines, and decorating her house.
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