Col­lege Aware­ness SUMER TIME SUM­MER TIME! Lau­ren Cham­b­liss Her­nan­dez


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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.

ONE: Work

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.

TWO: Vol­un­teer

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!

Visit Mu­se­ums

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!

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