Summer is right around the corner. What do you do if you
don’t have a summer plan yet?
It’s always nice to organize your schedule around your
family’s vacation or reunion plans.
Summer is of course an important time to relax and reconnect, and it is
good to keep that as a priority.
In deciding what you do with the rest of your summer, you
should just be sure you spend your time thoughtfully and purposefully.
Some high school students choose to do summer academic
enrichment – and while it may be too late to sign up for some of the highly
selective programs at colleges, there is likely still time to sign up for local
summer academic programs if that is something you are looking for. It is a
great opportunity to learn something that might not be offered at your high
school or to get a jump on a class that you know will be challenging for you in
My own kids always have summer jobs in the coastal community
where their grandparents live. They get plenty of time to spend with family,
hang out and play with friends outside, and get all the benefits that come with
having a job – including money! They of
course have to figure out how to balance all of this with whatever their
pre-season sports schedule and academic fall requirements may be. Sometimes
that includes spending time on SAT or ACT prep, or writing college essays.
Recently I saw a State Farm commercial on TV for a powerful
new volunteering initiative called Neighborhood
of Good. This site is a clearing house for volunteer activities in your
area – they can be ongoing opportunities or one day events. I was particularly
impressed by how people can search by interest and by location. Finding an
opportunity in your area would be a great experience to add to your college
resume, but even more importantly, it would be an excellent chance to use your
free time to make a meaningful difference.
This is a real game changer. Check it out!
Neighborhood of Good
by: Becky Georgenes
former Princeton Admission Officer
Senior College Counselor
Road to College