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NHS Juniors Prepare for Busy Summer Prior to Senior Year

The summer leading up to senior year is often considered the most important. For NHS’ rising seniors, summer 2024 will be critical for students looking to explore college, work opportunities, and much more. (Erika Fletcher/Unsplash)

WOODBURY — With the Class of 2025’s junior year coming to a close, what is their summer going to look like with senior year around the corner? 

Rising seniors this summer are going to be busy working, doing college visits and more. 

“Juniors who are considering post-secondary education, particularly pursuing a bachelor’s degree, should be thinking about a few things,” said Kathy Green, Nonnewaug’s College and Career Resource Center counselor. “They should be thinking about their activities list and what they are going to be doing with their free time over the summer. Are they working, engaging in community service activities, are they doing some other extracurricular activities that they enjoy doing? They should also think about visiting college campuses. Students should think about their college essay.”

For NHS’ future seniors, this summer will need to be a productive one. 

“I will also be going on a lot of college visits over the summer,” said Chloe Walsh, a junior at Nonnewaug. 

Although college visits are important, people have other things that need to get done over the summer, like committee work for NHS’ agriscience students, or personal lives that people have to attend over the summer. With all this, the lives of NHS’ future senior class is nothing short of hectic. 

“I’ve got a lot of different projects I’ve been moving around this year,” said Walsh in reference to fitting in her SAE commitments and volunteerism. “I’m no longer going to be a chapter officer, [but] I’m going to become the chairman of the community outreach committee.”

Not only are students cramming in college visits and applications, but a lot of students have schoolwork that they need to complete over the summer. For example, students who are taking APs have to do their summer work, and students who are retaking the SATs are studying for the fall exam. 

“I’m going to try to study to try to increase my SAT score,” said Grace Schmidheini, one of the many NHS juniors who will be taking the SAT again this fall prior to submitting college applications. 

While most students want to get a head start on their college essays and visits for next year, some see the summer as a chance to earn money. 

“I plan to work most of the summer,” said Dan Coyle. “During the summer I take care of the horses, help clients, practice, and if I have free time I teach lessons, but the most important thing is taking care of the clients.” 

Some other students also have similar plans with an eye toward earning money for college. 

“I have a job at a farm stand,” said Samantha Kostka, an NHS rising senior who will balance work life with agricultural commitments. “I am currently in the process of looking for another job. I also show goats, so we have practice for that over the summer as well.”

Students summers prior to senior year might be the busiest summer yet. 

“My summer prior to senior year is super busy,” said Macie Neumann, another NHS rising senior who will be securing a summer position connected to her potential college major. “I am interning this summer at a pharmaceutical company, where I am advocating for children. I also want to go into pharmacy or pharmaceutical sales.”

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Abegail Diezel '25
Abegail Diezel '25, Reporter
Abegail Diezel is a junior, a first-year writer with the Chief Advocate, and an active FFA member. She is an older sister to a brother who is a freshman. Abegail loves to participate in the aquaculture program with Ms. Leanne Golembeski. Abegail is excited to write and interview, and plans to study marine science in the future. While most of her interests include her family, she really loves her friends and spends her free time with them as much as possible.
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