Perhaps you're not one of those super-organized, Type A people who firmed up their summer plans last January. And right about now, you're finding yourself with more than a little free time this summer. Don't worry-you're not alone. And the best news is that there are still some good options out there.
What's the best way for high school students to spend their summer?
You might not be surprised when I tell you that relaxing and having some fun is near the top of my list. But let's be clear: It's not the only thing on my list. Students should try to dabble in some type of career experience. It could be job-shadowing at an orthodontist's office, interning with a physical therapist, volunteering for a local political campaign or at an animal rescue shelter, or tutoring neighborhood children in reading skills.
One of the objectives of the summer break should be to test the waters and try to figure out what career fields or college majors might be of interest to you.
How you choose to spend your summer vacation tells admissions officers a lot about what kind of student you are and what you care most about. A perfect place to start is to think about your interests and passions. Then, do a little research to see what organizations are out there that relate to your interests. Making a contribution locally with a nonprofit organization that is meaningful to you will certainly be more interesting to an admissions official than a teen tour of Europe.
Another great idea besides volunteering, interning or job-shadowing is to think about starting something on your own. Is there a club that interests you that you'd like to start at your school in the fall? Now is a great time to make preparations.
It will demonstrate leadership, the most sought-after, transferrable skill needed during the transition from high school to college. You will face obstacles and challenges but these will also provide you with useful essay material. You will also learn new skills, meet new people and make a contribution to an area that is important to you.
Finally, earn some money! Work experience is valued, and the paycheck is nice, too.