Spring is the prime time for boosting your student profile for college applications. As your classes begin to wind down, you’ll have plenty of free time to fill out activities and tasks strategically designed to give you a competitive advantage in the college application and admissions process. You’ll also have a huge opportunity during spring break to either do something huge that will impress colleges or multiple small things that will steadily put you ahead of the game. Whatever you do, remember to make it productive and fun at the same time.

Here is a list of tasks for you to prioritize over spring. Check them out and see how we can help you.

Spring Programs Planning

One of the best ways to spend your spring is to plan out what you will be doing during the summer to boost your student profile. And there will be plenty to do, from summer courses, internships, research projects, and even part-time jobs. But the issue about having plenty of options is not knowing which ones are worth taking. So don’t get bogged down and use spring to plan your summer early.

Feeling overwhelmed? Not to worry! Cardinal Education is no stranger to helping students plan for the summer. Contact us now and let us start on a personalized summer strategy for you!

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    Choosing which college is the best fit for you is a complex process. Our team of expert educational consultants, through a series of discussions, help you identify your strengths and interests as well as your considerations (size, location, etc) to narrow down the list of colleges and universities to match and consider applying to.
  2. Essay Editing
    No matter what schools you are applying to, you will need to write a personal statement essay with 650 words that sum up your life experiences and why a college would want to admit you. Here are some tips to guide you.
  3. Letters of Recommendation Request Advising
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  4. Common App Form Filling
    Filling out the Common App takes time. We can help you with the process to make sure that all pertinent data are put in to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
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