Summer offers a golden opportunity for high school students to stand out in their college applications. As parents, guiding your child to make the most of this time can significantly impact their college admissions journey. Here are some top summer activities that can enhance their profile:

  1. Internships or Work Experience: Gaining practical experience in a field of interest not only adds substance to a college application but also provides invaluable real-world skills. Encourage your teen to seek internships, part-time jobs or volunteer positions related to their intended major or career interest.
  1. Academic Enrichment Programs: Many colleges offer summer programs for high school students. These programs, often held on college campuses, provide a glimpse into college life and allow students to explore specific academic interests.
  1. Community Service: Volunteering in the community is a great way for students to demonstrate their commitment to making a positive impact. Encourage your teen to choose causes they are passionate about, as genuine enthusiasm will shine through in their applications.
  1. Developing a Hobby or Skill: Whether it’s learning a new language, mastering a musical instrument or developing coding skills, pursuing a personal interest shows initiative and dedication.
  1. Preparing for Standardized Tests: If your teen plans to take the SAT or ACT, dedicating part of the summer to study can be beneficial. Balanced preparation can lead to improved scores, a critical component of many college applications.

Remember, the key is to balance productivity with relaxation. Encourage your teen to pursue activities that align with their interests and future goals, making their summer both enjoyable and meaningful in the journey towards college.

About the author
Marc Zawel

As author of Untangling the Ivy League, Marc literally wrote the book on gaining admission to highly selective colleges. He earned a BA from Cornell University – where he met AcceptU’s co-founder – and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Marc chaired the admissions advisory board; he has also conducted alumni interviews for Cornell for more than fifteen years.

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