The thing is, once you’re in the year that you plan to apply to business school, much of your life that matters to this process is baked in. The elements that most schools will be evaluating are comprised of the milestones, inflection points, and the origins of trajectories that you’re already on.
In other words, when you apply to business school, your application is a report of the major marks of achievement and the defining factors of who you are. Except for your test score, the significant ones that will be relevant to your application have already occurred.
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If you’re someone who likes to plan ahead and figure things out, then one idea would be to pick up the current-season’s SnarkStrategies Guide for one of the schools you’re interested in trying for. Reading through it now will give you a sense of what you’ll be doing as you put together your app components this summer.