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:
- Sign up for an internship or part-time job in an area of interest to learn responsibility and crystallize your goals,
- Visit prospective colleges to discover campus life, take the tours and interact with professors and students
- Attend a Pre-College Summer Program for the right reasons: to get college credit or explore a potential major
- Write the first drafts of your admissions essays as many schools release topics through the summer
- 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!