Summer Do's For College Applicants

Here’s a great article from our friends at U.S. News and World Report highlighting the good and bad choices students should think about when deciding their summer plans. Best advice, make smart choices that will impact your future in a positive way!  

The choices students make as they embrace the summer months can impact their personal growth while providing important clues to college admissions officers about the character and convictions of the candidates they are considering. The following provides guidance in making good and productive choices.

1. Do what you love—and love what you do. Invest in the talents and interests that intrigue you and/or give you joy in life. Attend a sports camp, participate in community theater, or take a painting class. Find opportunities to develop your skills and demonstrate an advanced level of commitment to the things that are important to you.

2. Do visit college campuses. Summer is a great time to become better acquainted with colleges that are of interest to you. Take tours. Talk with students and professors. Becoming more informed about colleges will enable you to be more purposeful in arriving at your "short list" as well as the manner in which you present yourself as a candidate.

[Explore the U.S. News guide to college tours.]

3. Do try to find a job. It feels good to cash a regular paycheck and many admissions officers like to see that candidates—especially those applying for financial aid—are beginning to assume a degree of financial responsibility.

4. Do learn more about career tracks that might interest you. Talk with professionals in your community and explore experiential internships that can give you valuable insight as you contemplate academic directions in college.

5. Do start to work on your college applications. In particular, take a look at essay requirements and begin thinking about how you might use them to tell your story. Starting early means you are less likely to push deadlines as you try to manage the academic pressures of your senior year.

[Get advice on writing college application essays.]

6. Do something different. Find an adventure. Climb a mountain. Go sea kayaking. Volunteer at a homeless shelter. Learn a new language. Go out of your comfort zone just to see what is out there. Take reasonable risks. Self-confidence and the willingness to take risks are desirable traits as colleges make fine distinctions between strong candidates.

 

 

To read the full article from U.S. News and World Report, visit the website below!

SOURCE: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-college-admissions-insider/2011/06/06/summer-dos-and-donts-for-college-applicants