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How to use your summers gainfully by preparing for college and career


While the applications will typically not be out until sometime in August of your senior year, many of the schools do not change their essays year to year, and most schools will have a “Why Us” essay. So you can get a good head start on writing.

Independent reading is great for so many things, but we rarely have time for this during the school year with all of our required reading. Some of the colleges actually ask you what books you have read in the past couple of years for your own interest. And the UK particularly likes to know what reading has influenced your intended area of study.

 

Final Word

While the summers by no means need to be all work and no play, they do represent relatively more free time in your otherwise hectic lives, which can be gainfully used. But you should also have some fun! You will have a hectic year in front of you, and you deserve some down time.

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Prab Singh heads CollegeSource (http://thecollegesource.net/), an organisation that provides life coaching to adolescents and support to their family through the process of deciding their higher education and career goals.


2 thoughts on “How to use your summers gainfully by preparing for college and career

  1. Sudha Kumar

    Summer months are a great way to gain experience and also build your resume as a student. Having gone through this process for two kids, here are some tips, in addition to Prab’s: 1. be aware that unlike in the US, the idea of high school students working in summer is still catching on- so, as Prab says, reaching out to people you know is still by far the best way, though enterprising kids can do their own research and write to companies they find interesting. Startups and new generation companies and especially those run by young entrepreneurs could be more open,

    Doing your own project is also a great idea. My daughter did 2 such independent projects- one through 2 summers and another for a few weeks one summer. The advantages here are that you are not dependent on what is available and can show initiative. If you do manage to complete it, I believe you score more brownie points as it is much harder to work independently and motivate yourself. In fact, I believe that her summer project played a big role in helping her get good outcomes when she applied for college.

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