Keeping busy over the summer shows that you are actively growing. Here are some activities to consider and why they are helpful:
Summer Programs on College Campuses:
More than anything, these programs allow you to get familiar with being on a college campus and taking classes that interest you. Depending on the college, you get familiar with dorm life, going to classes and prioritizing work, and meeting kids from all over the nation and even internationally. There are also some college programs that are offered abroad and specialize in different subjects.
Doing community service is always a great way to spend your time. Whether it is traveling somewhere with a group and doing something away or staying home and working with your local community - either is impressive and will you topics to write about that you could include in your application or even serve as just an experience that introduced you to new organizations and new passions.
Taking on an internship position as a high school student is quite impressive. It allows you to experience a work environment and to begin building and improving your skills. Through an internship you can start identifying your interests and making connections with professionals in the field. Whether it is paid or not, your summer will be exceptionally productive and will be beneficial in the future.
A lot of the time, even if you would love to do a summer program or community service or anything else, you have responsibilities and that includes helping out at home by working. There is absolutely no shame in that and it says a lot about your character. Even if it is not a necessity, working over the summer is very impactful. A lot of jobs may not always be relevant to what you are truly passionate about but can still be helpful in building up your resume and giving you work experience. Also working at the same place for a long period of time, can look very good to future bosses and says a lot about your work ethic.
It is tempting to use summer as a break from all the work and stress that high school can induce during the school year, but it is important to remain active and do something with the time to gain knowledge about your community, about potential careers or developing skills. This will help you stand out in college admissions, in future work opportunities, and just help you develop yourself as an individual. Consider investing your time this summer in any of these type of opportunities!
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