Get involved in some community service doing something you love. Volunteering doesn’t need to be a bummer. It can actually be really fun and fulfilling. Find an organization, group, or cause you are passionate about, and help them out. Volunteering even once a month at the same organization will look great for college applications.
2. Read, Read, Read
Find something to read that is not required for school. Reading increases your vocabulary (hint, hint – SAT’s) and gives you material to reference in college applications and interviews. Some college apps ask for a list of every book you have ever read. And a typical interview question is “tell me about the last book you read?”
3. Get In Touch with Your Dream School
Many colleges (especially the most selective) track applicants’ “demonstrated interest.” They want to know if you are truly interested in their school. They track every email, conversation, and visit. Now, don’t go and send them fifty emails this summer, just send one. Introduce yourself. Talk about your passion and interest in the school. And ask for more information. One little email can go a long way.
4. Brainstorm Personal Essay Ideas
Your personal essay will be a critical piece in your college applications. And the best essays are started early. Take 10 minutes and write down any personal themes, thoughts, challenges, or accomplishments that you might eventually include in your essay. Does your list come up a bit short? Think about ways to find content for your essay by trying some new experiences. Keep this list as a starting point to your essay.
5. Teach Someone Something
We all have some sort of skill, talent, or hobby. And if you don’t, let us know and we’ll help you find one! So, go ahead and teach it to someone else. Your family, friends, and neighbors will be happy to learn a new skill. And this is a great experience in leadership. Start by teaching one person, next thing you know, you’ll have a whole class ready to learn!
6. Try Something New
It is always interesting to try something new. Maybe you’ve been thinking about learning to surf or paint? Maybe you want to try a part-time job. Go ahead and give it a try. You might find a new passion to continue throughout high school. Or maybe the experience is a total flop. Either way, could give you some great content for college apps.
7. Visit a College
The first step to creating your college list, is to begin researching colleges. What better way than to step foot onto a college campus? Get out there and visit ANY college. Take the tour, explore the campus, and ask questions. You will learn valuable information and can begin exploring what factors will make a college the right “fit” for you.
8. Stay Active
During the school year, you are probably busy with your various clubs, sports, groups, practices, and other extracurricular commitments. When these activities take a summer break, it is easy to lose interest. Stay involved. Get a small group together to hold unofficial meetings or practice your craft solo. Colleges want to know you’ve stayed involved throughout the summer.
9. Get on Facebook
I know, shocking right? Facebook can help me get into college? Well, kind of. Remember your Facebook profile may end up on the computer screen on a college admissions rep. Be sure it is clean, professional, and rated PG. Also, Facebook offers great groups and fan pages to help you learn more about your dream schools and research all the wonderful schools out there.
Whether your budget allows for trips to Europe or trips to your neighbor’s yard, travel experience is fantastic for college. Be creative in thinking about trips. Some of the best trips are done by car or bus, and take place within 50 miles of where you live. Visit some local landmarks or historical sights. Go out to the mountains and camp under the stars. Travel experience exposes you to new things and shows college your curious nature.
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