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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Making the Most of Summer Vacation: 5 Tips for High School Students

Summer vacation may feel like it’s flying by, but there’s still plenty of time to strengthen your resume for your college applications. Whether you are a rising sophomore, junior or senior, it’s not too early (or too late) to start planning for college. Here are 5 tips for making this summer matter:

  1. Do something. If you have a job, great! Unfortunately, it’s harder than ever for high school students to get a summer job, so if you aren’t employed, consider volunteering. Giving back is a great experience and it looks good on your resume. And while balancing a job and school may be challenging during the school year, volunteering may be flexible enough to fit with even the busiest schedule.
  2. Start writing your resume. This will include all activities, organizations, recognitions, work history, and community service during your high school years. (If you have been involved in something for longer than high school, include that time as well.) If you don’t have a job or haven’t been very involved in activities, look for community service opportunities. With more than a month left of summer there’s still time to get involved and add something valuable to your experience.
  3. Visit schools. Step one is to get on a college campus, any college campus. Attend info sessions. This is the best way to find out what colleges are looking for in potential students which will in turn help you figure out what you need to do to get into the schools you like. For rising sophomores, it may feel way too early, but this is actually a great time to start thinking about what you might want to study and where you might want to go to school.
  4. Register for the SAT and/or ACT and do some practice tests. Although the tests aren’t until the fall, preparing now will be less stressful than when you are balancing homework and activities. Registering early gives you a better selection of testing centers and avoids late fees.
  5. Read. Read for fun and to get your summer reading out of the way. Don’t wait until the last week of vacation. Finish your assignments now so that you have time to do them well and then you can enjoy the end of summer without schoolwork hanging over you. And this is also your opportunity to read something of your own choosing. Reread an old favorite or discover something new. It will give you something to talk about other than what you watched on Netflix or how far you got on the latest video game.


It’s never too early or too late to get started on the college application process. Call (781-828-1114) or email us (stan@thecollegeplanninggroup.com) for a free consultation.
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