COL­LEGE PREP

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Contents - By Lau­ren Cham­b­liss Her­nan­dez April 2016 DREAM TEEN Mag­a­zine

Sum­mer­time and the liv­ing is easy! You are ready for a much needed break from school. Time to re­lax, hang out with friends, soak up the sun and have fun! You should en­joy your sum­mer! Lau­ren Cham­b­liss Her­nan­dez.

Sum­mer­time and the liv­ing are easy! You are ready for a much needed break from school. Time to re­lax, hang out with friends, soak up the sun and have fun! You should en­joy your sum­mer! How­ever, know that smart stu­dents like you spend some of their sum­mer break pre­par­ing for a strong school year, de­vel­op­ing their per­sonal growth and en­gag­ing in valu­able ex­pe­ri­ences. .

El­e­men­tary & Mid­dle School: Stay on Course! Read, read and read some more! Get a work ac­tiv­ity book that will keep you on top of your read­ing, writ­ing and math skills. 9th Grade: Don’t Blow Off Your Sum­mer! Read all re­quired read­ing ma­te­rial and then read some more! Math com­pre­hen­sion is ex­tremely im­por­tant, do math prob­lems ev­ery day! Study for stan­dard­ized test­ing… it’s never too early! If you find your grades in a cer­tain sub­ject are not where they should be, get help! Get it now! En­roll in a sum­mer en­rich­ment pro­gram that will help pre­pare you for the re­main­der of your high school years and col­lege. 10th Grade: Have a Sum­mer Plan! Pre­pare for the PSAT, SAT, ACT etc. The more qual­ity time you put in now, the bet­ter off you will be when test time rolls around. En­roll in a test prep class and take time, each day, to an­swer prac­tice ques­tions. Read books all sum­mer and write about them. There’s sure to be es­says in your fu­ture! Seek em­ploy­ment and/or volunteer. If you can’t visit col­lege cam­puses, take virtual tours via the in­ter­net! 11th Grade: Make the Most of Your Sum­mer Spend time pre­par­ing for stan­dard­ized test­ing. High scores on the test can re­sult in schol­ar­ships. Ask your fam­ily to plan va­ca­tion around col­leges you want to visit. Find a job or volunteer in an area that taps into your in­ter­ests and pas­sions. At­tend sum­mer en­rich­ment camp and chal­lenge your­self to try some­thing new! Se­niors: Fin­ish Strong… Be­gin Strong Have your fi­nal tran­scripts sent to col­leges. Send thank you let­ters to ev­ery­one who helped you in the ap­pli­ca­tion process. Let your mentors and rec­om­menders know the re­sults of your col­lege search. Keep on top of procur­ing stu­dent loans. No­tify your col­lege if you re­ceive any schol­ar­ships. Read all mail­ings from your col­lege care­fully - of­ten im­por- tant reg­is­tra­tion and hous­ing ma­te­rial are sent in the sum­mer. Reg­is­ter for your classes as soon as pos­si­ble. Classes of­ten fill up quickly, and reg­is­tra­tion is usu­ally on a first­come, first-served ba­sis. Get or­ga­nized and pre­pare your­self for an amaz­ing col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence.

ALL AGES & GRADE LEV­ELS:

Volunteer: Give back to the com­mu­nity by help­ing 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! Learn Some­thing New: Dur­ing the sum­mer you are free from day to day school work; you have ex­tra time to try new things. So why not take time out to learn some­thing new. Learn a sec­ond lan­guage, get cer­ti­fied in CPR, take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. Keep your mind ac­tive, in­crease your skills and build your pro­file! It will all be worth it! Jour­nal / Blog: Each day, write an ac­count of what you’ve seen and done, and record your thoughts and ob­ser­va­tions on the cultural dif­fer­ences you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced. You’d be sur­prised at how much you for­get if you don’t write it down. Also, the process of writ­ing down your thoughts helps you think more deeply about your ex­pe­ri­ences. At the end of the sum­mer, read what you wrote and re­flect on your ex­pe­ri­ences. Have Fun: Build in time for rest, re­lax­ation and fun!

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