College Awareness SUMER TIME SUMMER TIME! Lauren Chambliss Hernandez
THINGS EVERY STUDENT SHOULD DO THIS SUMMER
School is out for the summer! You are ready to relax, hang out with friends, soak up the sun and have fun! We want you to enjoy your summer as well! We also don’t want you to miss out on opportunities that will build your profile and help you on your journey to college. We have gathered a list of things that every student should embark on during the summer months.
Working will help you not only build your profile, it will also help you learn new skills and enhance the ones you already have. If you are old enough for working papers, begin to seek employment way before the end of the school year! The early bird gets the worm! Students who prepared and seek employment early will be way ahead of their peers. If you are not old enough for working papers, consider what you can do to work and get paid for it. You can walk a neighbor’s dog, babysit, bring in vacationing neighbors mail/newspapers, wash cars, and the list goes on. Find something you like to do and ask others to pay you for your services.
Help others! There are countless organizations that are looking for volunteers to help them, help others. Pick a charity that is important to you and volunteer your services. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, food pantry, community center, nursing home, hospital, animal shelter, church, or park system… the list is endless! You will not only feel great, you will learn new skills and make new friends while building your community service profile!
Travel Visit new places! Visiting and exploring new places will expand your awareness of other people, cultures, and languages in your own town, state, country and the world. Traveling is always a good and exciting way to learn interpersonal skills, develop confidence, enrich your mind and build your profile. If you can’t pack up and get away, use the internet to broaden your horizons! There is a big world out there… explore it!
Study Abroad Choose to spend a summer studying abroad. Take advantage of this perfect opportunity to combine academics, language and culture. International travel is very important. Studying abroad enables students the opportunity to grow, learn and gain meaningful life experiences! It’s a great big world out there… go see it!
FOUR: Take Classes
Be ahead of the game… take classes in the summer. If your high school offers classes that can help to advance your education, especially math or language skills, take advantage of it and enroll today! If you have the opportunity to enroll in credit-bearing courses at a college, do so! Taking classes in the summer is a great way to build your profile, advance your skills and learn something new.
Summer Enrichment Programs Participating in Summer Enrichment Programs is another way to add to your profile and gain experience. Research programs that will focus on your areas of interest. Summer Enrichment Programs allow you to be creative, explore, learn, meet new people and have fun.
FIVE: Learn Something New
During the summer you are free from the daily routine of school and school work, so why not try something new? There are so many new experiences that are out there waiting for you. Learn a second language, get certified in CPR, take up a new hobby, learn to play an instrument… do it all! Keep your mind active, increase your skills and build your profile! It will all be worth it!
SIX: Go to a Music or Art Festival
Festivals are a good way to learn about different aspects of life. Attending a music and art festival allows you to learn about history, cultures and people. Festivals mean good times with friends, good food and great conversation! Explore newspapers and websites to see what festivals are coming to a town near you!
It’s a proven fact… museums make you smarter. Plan an outing to several museums during the summer and holiday breaks. Museums were established to engage and educate the community. There is so much to see and learn when you visit museums. Plan a museum outing! Invite a group of friends and have fun at it!
SEVEN: Read Read, read and read some more! It’s pretty simple… read, read and read some more! Reading is fundamental. The more you read, the stronger your verbal, writing and critical thinking abilities will be. Be sure to complete your required summer reading and then read some more! Remember you can never read too much!
EIGHT: Visit Colleges
Take time to visit colleges you may want to apply to. Tour the campus and the surrounding area. Talk to students who are on campus and try to schedule an appointment with the Admissions Office. It is summer time, so the campus will not be at its fullest, but you will be able to get a feel for the campus and decide if you to want plan a future visit. Visiting colleges now will help you on your journey to selecting the perfect college for you!
NINE: Keep A Journal
Journaling is an important assignment. It is an assignment that you should give to yourself. It will be one of the best gifts you will ever receive. Journaling will enhance your writing skills. It will help you set and track your goals. When you write down your goals, you will have a better chance of accomplishing them. By keeping a journal you will also learn a lot about yourself, what you like and what you dislike. You will discover what works for you and where improvement is needed. Take time for yourself. Share and be honest with yourself. Keep a journal!
TEN: Have Fun
Summertime is a happy time! You can have all the fun that summer promises, take advantage of all of the great opportunities for you to learn and build your profile! Enhance. Expand. Explore!