Summer is almost here! While it’s a great time to relax and recharge, it’s also an excellent chance for students to get work experience, do an activity they enjoy, and boost their chances of getting into a top college. College admission officers love seeing applicants who are motivated and interested in learning more. By keeping busy over the summer, you’ll show them that you have what it takes to be a great addition to their school.
There are a lot of ways high school students can spend their summer; read on to learn what your options are and how you can choose an activity that you will find both useful and enjoyable.
There are all kinds of volunteer
opportunities in your community from an animal shelter, to the public library, to reading to children in a hospital. Since there are so many options available, choose one that truly interests you and will communicate your passion to colleges. It’s better to choose one volunteer opportunity that lasts the entire summer than multiple opportunities. This will show admissions officers your willingness to commit to a project and see it through.
Paid and unpaid internships offer you a chance to gain valuable hands-on experience within a career or field you may want to pursue. Contact local companies to inquire about their intern hiring policy. Internships are also an excellent way to begin collecting a network of business contacts that can help you after you graduate from college.
3. Spend the Summer Abroad
A summer abroad can break you out of your comfort zone and expand your horizons while also giving you the chance to experience other cultures. There are several programs offered in the areas of service, adventure, skill training, and academics. Many programs even offer scholarships to cover the cost. Studying at foreign universities or similar study abroad programs is also a good way to perfect a second or third language. Seek out immersive programs that are at least six weeks long, or better yet, the entire summer!
4. Make College Connections
This summer, take some time to visit the colleges on your list and make connections with the staff. Since most college offices remain open during the summer, you can pay an informal visit or meet someone in admissions for an interview. How will this impress them? Colleges look for students who are genuinely interested in attending their school. Get a card or an email address and connect after the visit. When application time rolls around, you’ll have a leg up on other applicants who didn’t find the time to visit.
5. Get a Job
Working during the summer is a good way to not only save for college, but impress admissions officers with your work ethic. Consider getting a job in fields that you are thinking about and apply accordingly. If you’re interested in hotel management, working in a restaurant is an excellent way to learn hospitality and restaurant management skills. If retail merchandising interests you, search for jobs that give you experience in merchandising. Work at a job that allows you to learn valuable skills from your employer.
The Kiski School has a 100% college attendance rate and more than 85% of students attend one of the top 100 institutions in the nation as ranked by U.S. News. Interested in learning more about how Kiski can help prepare your son for college? Contact us or schedule a visit!