Category Archives: College Summer Planning

Can’t Decide on a Major?

Academic summer programs on college campuses let students test-drive majors. Consider programs carefully, though. For colleges they are “a marketing tool and a revenue stream.” And while a summer program “does enhance a student’s application, colleges do not give preference … Continue reading

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Extracurricular Involvement

A few words of advice on extracurricular involvement: Keep in mind that “college admission officers are interested in meaningful engagement, not perfunctory participation, and are smart enough and experienced enough to distinguish between the two.” More sound advice is found … Continue reading

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Summer Job Ideas for Teens

Is your teen still looking for a summer job? Here are 52 great ideas. Keep in mind that many summer jobs provide teens with transferable skills that come in handy in college and later on for a range of careers. An … Continue reading

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What Are You Doing This Summer?

Winter is a prime time to be sifting through summer opportunities. “Most college admissions officers not only look at grades and test scores, but they also pay attention to how you spend your time when you’re not in school. They … Continue reading

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Value of Local Service

“Do colleges want students who engage in community service? You bet. People who show they’re willing to make a difference in the community are a great asset to any college. Will they care if it’s overseas? Not at all….local community … Continue reading

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Value of Summer Jobs

Admissions Directors at Lehigh and the University of Pennsylvania talk about the value of summer work, whether on Wall Street or at Wal-Mart.  “Working the grill, waiting tables, scooping ice cream, and folding T-shirts all require the employee to show … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurial Community Service

Students experiencing difficulty linking up with more established volunteer organizations may want to take an entrepreneurial approach to serving their communities this summer. With a little creativity, teens can show initiative and hone their leadership skills—qualities that can help young adults … Continue reading

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Quiet of Summer, Start Your Essays

Mark Twain said, “If I had more time, I would write a shorter story.” The less hurried months before the onslaught of a highly pressured fall offers juniors the chance to think, reflect and connect with a writing topic that … Continue reading

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