For the phase of the year that's supposed to be relaxing, summer tends to be a bit crazy.

There's so much that we WANT to do, that we've dreamed about doing all through the rest of the year, and yet still so much we often still HAVE to do...especially if it's summer before senior year. 

So it's important to strike up the right balance. Do the work that needs to be done, but don't neglect that need to relax and recharge a bit.

I'm going to be doing just that. I'll be on hiatus from the CCP blog through July 2018, starting back up the second week of August. 

In the meantime, I wanted to share some of my favorite resources for the families about to take the plunge into college applications this fall. No matter what part of the process you're currently working through, and no matter what medium you prefer most, there's something for everyone!

Enjoy, and get some rest -- see you back here in August.

10 Resources for Summer Before Senior Year:

  1. Working to get ahead of your college application tasks before senior year starts? Check out the Teen LAUNCH blog on the Summer College Checklist for a step-by-step guide each week.

  2. Meet your regional admissions counselors at a local event! The National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the Colleges that Change Lives consortium, and the Regional Admission Counselors of California all host college fairs and information sessions throughout the year -- put them on your calendar now!

  3. If you have an aspiring visual artist, don't miss the opportunity to get pro feedback on the all-important portfolio at National Portfolio Day.

  4. For the stage performers out there, mark your calendars for National Unified Auditions 2019 and contact your top-choice colleges to find out if they participate -- it can make a world of difference in managing auditions!

  5. Parents can get a handle on what they'll be expected to pay for college using Big Future's EFC estimator; don't forget to visit your favorite colleges' Net Price Calculator (just Google it) to get an even clearer picture.

  6. Get an insider's perspective on what readers will be looking for (or hoping to avoid) in this Khan Academy video playlist.

  7. Get the facts straight on college rankings with this article, or make your own on the Chronicle Rankings Mashup site

  8. Learn about the college-going process from A-Z from the best-selling author of How to Raise an Adult on this podcast.

  9. Finding scholarships can be like taking on a second job. If you're a Californian, this guide is the place to start the search.

  10. Trying to figure out how to describe yourself in college essays or alumni interviews? Take this free personality test to start building the right language.