Make the Most of Your Summer!
Summer is a great time to relax, but it’s also a great time to build up your college application. College admissions officers are always on the lookout for well-rounded students, so utilizing your summer to your advantage is key! Below we’ll touch on just a few options that can help you stand out to your college choices.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. Community service isn’t a requirement for college applications, but most colleges like to see students who want to better their community. There are many options for volunteering, but students should consider volunteering for something they are passionate about.
2. Find an internship
Not all internships are for college students and graduates. While most internships are unpaid, students working in an industry they may consider beyond college show they are invested and committed to their passions.
Internships are also a great way to network with people already working in a student’s field of interest and can provide an edge when applying for future jobs.
3. Find a job
It’s summer. Most students are focused on relaxing by the pool, but students who get a job that correlates with their college planning or passions show colleges that they are serious about their future while also building their resumes.
Those summer reading lists are important! Not only will tackling the summer reading list prep students for the school year, reading keeps the brain active, cultivates vocabulary, and encourages students to explore different cultures and experiences.
5. Prep for Standardized Tests
This seems like a no-brainer, but it can make a huge impact in your school year. Getting a head start on Test Prep can free up valuable time during the school year and put students on their way to finishing their standardized tests earlier. Test Prep also has the added benefit of alleviating anxiety some students experience when testing. Whether you opt to prep on your own, or you choose a program like InTuition Works, every student should prepare for the SAT & ACT.
These are just a few options that can make a big impact on your college applications. Whether you’re going into freshman year or senior year, it’s never too early to think about setting yourself apart from your peers. Finding a good balance over the summer will allow you to have fun AND be productive! Go Get Em!