At CAA we encourage our students to be strategic with their time as they pursue their college dreams. One way to do that is to approach your summer with the same planning as you do during the school year.
Here are some ways that you can take the time to have a great summertime plan:
Take Time to Build on Your Academics
You may have access to a summer class or even a special summer program. This could be based on a specific subject matter, like engineering, or be a broad range of classes. Have you checked with the colleges you are interested in to see if they have any opportunities? Be sure to do this early as there may be a cost, an application, and other steps to complete.
Maybe you don’t have the option of a formal educational opportunity. Reading a book or article, no matter the topic or genre, is a great way to keep your brain going during the summer. Summer reading is your chance to learn more about the topics you find interesting. It is a time where you are not hampered by your homework load.
Take Time to Give Back
Summer is a great time to find volunteer opportunities. During the school year you have the chance to do regular volunteer hours, but being out of school may create more opportunities. Since you are not tied to your school schedule, you may be able to volunteer outside of your community. We encourage you to think about your current volunteering and consider trying something new. Your new experiences can present you as a well-rounded student and create more items for your academic resume.
Take Time Visit Colleges
Colleges will typically have tours for prospective students available in the summer. The summer may allow you time to travel to a further campus that interests you. Many times they will have students on campus for summer courses or orientation. Visiting in the summer will give you a feel of what the school is all about and provide a connection with their admissions office. Be sure to check the college website for their process for signing up for a visit.
Take Time to Be Creative
Are you an artist, a writer, a musician, dancer, filmmaker, or actor? Summer is a time to hone your craft and put in the extra work. Some colleges may offer scholarships based on artistic skills and may even allow you to submit creative works as part of your application. Even if you are not an artist, it can be a great way to spend your time trying new things!
The intent of this blog is to help you brainstorm options as you consider your summer experience. Your uniqueness can be on display through the choices you make during your time off. As CAA coaches we can discuss your own plans and offer advice.