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Category Archives: College Summer Planning
“Elite” summer programs worth it?
As high school students consider their summer options, it’s worth reading this article about expensive pre-college programs at highly selective colleges. These programs are designed to generate revenue for the college, and with very few exceptions, they don’t give students … Continue reading
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Still trying to map out your summer?
Consider getting a job! Waiting tables, scooping ice cream, or working retail all require the employee to show up on time, be a team member, have a positive work ethic, be service-oriented, learn how to take constructive feedback, manage a … Continue reading
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The inside scoop on summer programs
This discussion with the University of Pennsylvania’s Dean of Admissions explores the value of summer programs at selective colleges. Summer programs are a great vehicle for helping students explore an academic interest. But they’re no magic bullet when it comes … Continue reading
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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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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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