June 2, 2019

The Top Ten things that will help you make the most of your summer

Of course, summer is the time to relax and unwind.  Many students will be traveling, going to camp, or working.  You should still have time to do some interesting and useful activities that will prepare you for college!

  1. Do some reading! If you have gone to the theater or seen a great movie, find the book it’s based on and read it.  Choose a character in history like Alexander Hamilton or a period of time like the American Revolution and learn more about them. Think of a topic you are interested in following and read blogs, articles and posts that broaden your understanding
  2. Do some writing! Keep a diary of observations, your feelings, the people you meet, the obstacles you have overcome, etc. Take a look at the Common App prompts and jot down ideas for essay topics.
  3. Take some time to talk to your immediate family members and relatives. Learn about your background and your heritage.
  4. Spend a few days volunteering or doing some community service.
  5. Explore your own community: Learn about the local businesses, historical landmarks, the public library, restaurants with unique cuisine.
  6. Think about your interests and what sort of jobs you envision for your future. It’s worth knowing what you might want to major in as a college student.
  7. If you have a summer assignment for school, do it early rather than waiting for Labor Day weekend.
  8. If you are a rising senior, choose two or three colleges or universities in the same geographical area that you and your family might be able to visit and tour.
  9. Consider whether now might be the time to interview and make decisions about working with a college advisor. Many advisors may no longer be available by the end of the summer!
  10. Check out other long-range advice from resources like Princeton Review.


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