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The High School Junior’s Guide to Snow Days

by Jocelyn Johnson, on Feb 2, 2015 4:40:00 PM

Happy February! So far this winter has been pretty mild, but as Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog predicted today, it’s going to be a long 6 more weeks of winter. And, with snow storms comes SNOW DAYS!

As a high school junior, nothing is more valuable than time. Snow days actually provide a unique opportunity for you to get a head start on your college planning process. Try to balance work and play on your next snow day. Here are a few tips to guide you:

Refresh. Take five minutes to think about where you will be this time next winter. You will have already heard from the schools you applied to early and you’ll be waiting to hear back from the rest of schools on your list. What would that future version of you say to your current self on this snowy day?

Research colleges. Start to research the colleges that you may be interested in applying to come this fall. Check out sites like US News College Compass, Niche, and Noodle to focus your research and gain different perspectives. Keep track of your findings in our College Research Organizer.

Connect with colleges. Connect with your favorite colleges and their admission departments on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any questions, send them a tweet or post to their timelines. Make sure your profile and recent updates are clean and professional before you reach out. When used appropriately, social media can actually help you get into college.

Set a timer. Don’t waste your snow day deep in the depths of social media. When you enter the twitterverse and the blogosphere, set a timer for on your phone or tablet for 30 min. When it goes off, make sure you switch tasks.

Organization is key. Can you see the floor in your bedroom? If the answer is no, take a few minutes to get organized. Clearing the clutter can help you achieve your goals. Another way to get organized is to create a to-do list of things you want to accomplish on your snow day.

Just pick one. Don’t try to do everything in one day. That rarely ever works, snow day or not. Pace yourself by picking just one thing on your college prep to do list, and get it done. You may even score some weekend activity bonus points by sharing with your parents what you accomplished on your snow day.

Save Netflix for the weekend. You may be tempted to kick off your snow day with a  relaxing episode of your favorite TV show. But, we all know that “just one episode” turns into the endless cycle of “just one more episode” … until the entire series is over and it’s 8pm. The one thing you can do to ensure productivity on a snow day is to avoid Netflix like you’d avoid your crush on a bad hair day. 

Even though Netflix didn’t actually exist when I was in high school, I still struggled with time management on snow days. It wasn’t until I went to Princeton, that I began to see snow days and class cancellations in a new light: snow days give you time, glorious time!

Use this guide to take advantage of your snow days. Let us know what you accomplish in the comments below. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to share your best snow day story!

Topics:college admission