Make the Most of Your Summer
Summer provides the perfect opportunity for you to challenge yourself and grow while also having fun and taking a load off. Here are a few ideas for you to occupy your summer time with:
Work. Employment is one of the most practical ways to build your resume and impress colleges. There are often seasonal jobs such as residential summer camps that look for help specifically during the summer months. The more a job challenges you, the more it builds the skills that colleges and future employers are interested in seeing in applicants.
Volunteer/Intern. Community service is another great way to gain some valuable work and leadership experience. Colleges and employers appreciate knowing that a person is well-rounded and cares about making the world better. There are so many local opportunities available and since it is a matter of volunteering time, you can make your own schedules and decide how much time you can and want to give. Getting exposure to a potential career through internships is another great way to get your foot in the door as far as employment goes. Much like volunteering, internship schedules are usually more flexible, so you should still have time to enjoy your summer.
Summer Enrichment Programs. Enrichment programs can be another valuable and educational summer experience. Look into programs offered by local youth groups or area colleges and universities. Many of these organizations have residential or day camps for students focused on specific topics and a variety of areas of interest. These programs are a good way to explore and gain experience in fields you may want to study in college.
Visit Campuses. It almost goes without saying that campus visits should be a part of any college-going student’s summer plans. These visits are a priority when considering which colleges to apply to. Taking a few campus tours should definitely be included in your plans.
Set Goals. Set realistic goals, like finishing a book over the summer or applying for two scholarships. Also, the SAT and/or ACT are an important part of the admissions equation at most of the country’s highly selective colleges. The summer is a great time to work through an exam preparation book or take a test prep class. Setting goals is a good way to stay proactive and motivated about what you want to accomplish.
HAVE FUN! I feel like this point cannot be emphasized enough. Engage in activities that delight you, allow you to relax, and keep your spirits high and hopeful for the future. I wish someone had told me that it was important to have fun when I was pushing my way towards college. What a difference it could have made.
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