Lauren is a 14-year-old from Coshocton, OH. She enjoys reading, watching chick-flicks, also writing books. When she grows up she wants to be a missionary to the U.S.
When you were in grammar school and junior high, on the first day of school, what did teachers ask you the moment you walked into their classrooms? Remember?
“What did you do this summer?”
Most of the time, your answers were probably pretty predictable: “Just hung out;” “Went to the beach;” “Went to camp;” “Went on a vacation with my parents.” Well, now that you’re in high school and planning to apply to college in the not-so-far-off future, what you do with your summers can affect your college admissions. The last thing you want colleges to think is that you are a goof-off or couch potato.
Most colleges not only look at your grades and test cores, but they also look at how you spend your time when you’re not in school. They want to know what your interests are, what your passions are, and what kind of a person you are as evidenced by what you do. How you spend summer vacations is also of real interest. Carefully choosing your summer activities might help your college applications stand out from other applicants.
Here are the some options that you might consider:
Special Academic Programs
There is a number of special academic programs that are highly regarded by admissions officers. These include Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth (CTY), Duke University’s Talent Identification Programs (TIP), and Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) and California’s California State Summer School in Mathematics & Science (COSMOS). Most of these programs have special applications for their programs, so you need to begin the admission process early.
Hey, don’t think of these academic opportunities as a grind. Not only do they offer students academically rich programs, but they are also a lot of fun. Most students come back excited and ready to go again.
If you’re an artist, musician, singer, or dancer, there are also wonderful summer programs. Take a look at the many opportunities you may be able to experience during the summer.