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Seniors: Make the Most of Your Thanksgiving Break With These 3 Steps

by Story2 Guest Author, on Nov 19, 2015 10:20:00 AM


With Thanksgiving Break coming up next week, it’s a good time to take a step back from the grind of Senior Year. You’ve been working hard on your classes, extracurriculars, and college essays, so you deserve the time off! Of course, you should still leave a little time for your college applications, so here are 3 tips to help you get the most out of your Thanksgiving Break, while still leaving you plenty of time to relax and feast:

1. Refresh:

Between applications, classes, and extracurriculars, it can be difficult to find the time to relax—so Thanksgiving Break is a great chance to decompress. Clearing your mind relieves stress and inspires creativity, so use this time to enjoy the activities you don’t usually have time for. Maybe spend a day outdoors hiking, or go to that show you’ve been meaning to see!

Another way to recharge is to keep a journal. Writing in a journal lets you get your thoughts out and clear your mind, and perhaps something you write down will be the inspiration for an authentic college essay. If you want to practice your writing but don’t have a journal, our Storyscape tool will help you flex that muscle for a few minutes every day.

2. Talk to friends in college:

With your older friends home from college, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get advice from them. What do they wish they had known or done when they were applying? What insight can they provide about college now that they actually attend?

Every college environment is different, and your friends can tell you what their colleges are like and if they would be a good fit for you. What’s more? Getting insight from a current student is a great way to research a college for your supplemental essays, where knowing details about the college and why you want to attend is important.

3. Think about Thanksgiving moments:

If you have more essays to write and are looking for stories to tell, Thanksgiving is the perfect place to start. There are many aspects of Thanksgiving that make for strong stories. Are there interesting traditions that your family or community have? Maybe you helped cook the Thanksgiving meal one year, or perhaps you volunteered at a soup kitchen one Thanksgiving and had a meaningful experience. Moments like these could become interesting stories that reveal something unique about your character.

If you want more help, the Story2 EssayBuilder is here to help you find your unique moments, and turn those moments into powerful personal essays. You’ll start by telling your story out loud to activate your creativity and memory. When you do this, you’ll find specific details without even trying.

In working through EssayBuilder, you’ll move from general ideas that many people can say to a story that reflects your unique character and point of view. Revealing your character is your best bet for winning admissions and scholarships at the most selective colleges. And there’s no doubt—that is definitely something to be thankful for!

Jacob graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a major in History and a minor in Communications and Media Studies. A lifelong storyteller, Jacob acted throughout his youth and performed improv and standup comedy in high school and college. Prior to joining Story2, Jacob spent two years working in the entertainment industry, where he worked for a Nickelodeon show and a YouTube channel.

Topics:college admission