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How to Spend Your High School Summers

 

After 9th grade…

Do something interesting, something that helps you explore a world or a subject or an activity that you love or have always been curious about. Let’s say you’ve always wanted to join an a cappella group but your school doesn’t have one. Well, what would it take to get one started? How about joining a volunteer organization? Don’t have the option to just volunteer? Improve upon your customer service and time management skills by working a summer job. This is a good time to explore your interests.

After 10th grade…

This is the summer when your SAT/ACT test preparation should start. In addition, secure an internship or a job, go to a camp, or become involved in service. And if the concept of setting foot on your high school campus still gives you chills, exploring what matters to you outside of school is a great way to remain engaged with your number one priority—your own development—and can perhaps even lead to concrete improvements in your school life. Solidify the interests that you’re going to dedicate yourself to over the next few years. For example, if you have been getting into music in your first two years of high-school, turn up the heat and go to a competitive music camp. Love baseball? Consider writing and self-publishing a book on strategies or statistics using a print on-demand service like CreateSpace.

After 11th grade…

In May or June, take the SAT and some SAT subject tests. If relevant, take AP exams as well. Outside of test preparation, deepen your interests during this summer. If you’ve spent past summers volunteering at different organizations, for instance, return to your favorite and consider applying for a leadership position. You need to make sure you’re extending your college narrative through the summer by continuing with a theme that you’ve developed earlier. And no matter how terrifying the prospect, begin writing those college application essays. Senior fall can be chaotic. Get as much done in the summer as you can.

 

By Katie | Friday, April 26th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
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