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May 17

Written by: kmurphy
Monday, May 17, 2010 

Too many people think that a student has to have every ounce of their summer planned in order to impress college admission officers.  Instead of trying to do it all, colleges want to see that you are pursuing something meaningful, that further paints a picture of who you are or who you would like to become in college.  So, if you are a tremendous soccer player who participates on the varsity team and traveling squad, think about getting involved in another way this summer, like volunteering to teach in a youth league, getting a job as a referee or attending some showcase camps. Show them depth of interest by going beyond what is available at your high school.

Summer activities are not limited to the athletically inclined - some other ideas include:

  • Summer Classes – take one to enhance your transcript if something is lacking - for example, a higher level of a foreign language or to dabble in an area you might like to pursue in college like engineering or architecture
  • Internships
  • Research
  • Volunteer - only if you want to, not because you think you have to.  If you want to be Pre-Med in college, why not volunteer this summer at an area hospital, health care organization or organize a fundraising event (i.e. Relay for Life, Walk for the Cure, etc.)?
  • Get a Job – it shows responsibility and commitment.  To read more about summer jobs that pay well, visit MainStreet.com


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