5 Ways to Spend Your Summer Productively

Summer is upon us – as is the key question of how to maximize productivity over the crucial two-month break. With the increasing pressure to be accepted into a “good” college, more students are spending their summers studying unnecessarily or at a loss for how to impress college admissions officers with out-of-the-box ideas. As you weigh your summer activity options, here are five ways to utilize this summer more effectively:


  1. Sign up for an internship or part-time job in an area of interest to learn responsibility and crystallize your goals
  2. Visit prospective colleges to discover campus life, take the tours and interact with professors and students
  3. Attend a Pre-College Summer Program for the right reasons: to get college credit or explore a potential major
  4. Write the first drafts of your admissions essays as many schools release topics through the summer
  5. Volunteer within your local community or pursue a hobby to hone your passions and show initiative


Summer is also a time to de-stress and recharge before the busy academic year ahead. Stay calm but focused – and squeeze in some downtime too!