It’s Time to Think About Summer – What Is There To Do?

Every summer, high school students search for summer jobs or activities to fill their summer vacation. It is a time when students can also demonstrate to colleges that they have an interest in development outside the classroom.

Younger students may enjoy heading off to camps including theme-based camps. Campers are encouraged to learn about topics such as art, music, leadership, or special topics such the environment. They will engage in the learning experience through songs, skits, day trips, games, and other camp-wide activities.

High school students may be looking for a more fulfilling summer experience. Some may choose to attend a pre-college program that allows them to test the waters in an area of interest such as writing, technology, the arts, film, sports, science, travel, business, debate, and community service or activism. Volunteering at charitable organizations is a great way to match talents and interests.  Others may choose a study abroad program that immerses the participant in three-dimensional learning experience. Engaging in an internship can offer students the opportunity to gain more knowledge about possible college majors. Read more about what to do during summer break.

What Are the Benefits of Summer Reading?

Summer is a great time to catch up on reading about some of your favorite topics.  It’s time to let your imagination take you on a journey. Reading for pleasure can help turn you into a life-long learner. For some, reading also can be a lot of fun!  It can be a time to get cozy in an environment that is conducive to your reading.  So grab your favorite snack, choose your spot, sit back, and enjoy the story.

What are the benefits? Reading:

What is Double Depositing? Is it an Ethical Option?

The clock is ticking down and the April 1st has arrived. High school seniors across the country are checking their email and mailboxes for the admissions decisions from the college they applied to. Many students may receive more than one acceptance. The stress and the cost of college is a major decision, so for students who cannot make up their mind where to go, they may consider double depositing.

What is the definition of double depositing? Double depositing means putting down a deposit, and thus accepting admission, at more than one college.

I often hear, “This decision is not easy!” Or “I love all my schools for different reasons.” Student re-visit their colleges and look to teachers and friends (and even parents) for guidance. So what do they do? Sending a non-refundable enrollment deposit check can cost as little as $100, while at others it can be as much as $500 or $1,000 can be costly, but the student just can’t decide. Read more about the Double Depositing and ethical issues surrounding it.

What Post High School Program Makes Sense to You?

Most post-secondary schools can be described as public or private, two-year or four-year.

Public institutions are state supported. Private for-profit institutions are businesses. Private not-for-profit institutions are independent – for instance, the school might have been established by a church or through local community donations rather than by the state government.

Four-year institutions offer bachelor’s degrees, and some offer advanced degrees. Two-year institutions offer associate’s degrees. Less-than-two-year institutions offer training and award certificates of completion. For more information on detailed descriptions of programs, click here.

What Are the Benefits of Attending a Pre-College Program?

precollege programPre-College Summer Programs offer rising juniors and seniors in high school the chance to see what college life is all about. During a one or two-week session, you will get an exciting glimpse of academics and residential life at a major state university, and leave better prepared to meet the challenges of your first year at college.

As a Pre-College residential student, you will:

* Attend challenging academic classes with the university faculty and instructors

* Meet admissions professionals and receive guidance on the competitive college admissions process

* Learn to balance the demands of college-level courses with extracurricular activities Click here to read more benefits

The Value of Community Service

Do you have a passion for involvement in community service? Are you interested in the betterment of our society? Participating in community service is one way to give back, not a way to pad your resume. Start by thinking about your values and your interests.

Many students are involved in community service every day. Here are some reasons they found service to be of value:
• Gain an understanding about each other
• A sense of human compassion
• Never feels like an obligation or responsibility; can be energizing
• Provide support to others
• Affects someones life
• Builds a stronger community Read more comments about the value of community service.

What Military Options Are Available?

Every year thousands of young men and women make the choice to serve their country. They enjoy a military career by enlisting in one of the following branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, US Merchant Marine Academy, and National Guard. Some individuals will apply directly to a four year service academy such as U.S. Military Academy-West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the Air Force Academy in Denver, Colorado; and the Coast Guard Academy in Groton, Connecticut. Completing your education at one of these programs will earn you a bachelor’s degree, commissioned reserve officer status, and a commitment to the military for a number of years. Another option is applying to a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship program at a college. These are two, three, and four year scholarship programs which help you decide which direction you would like to pursue (ROTC College Profiles). You graduate with a degree and serve in the U.S. Military as a commissioned Officer.Your commitment for service will range from 2-5 years depending on the time your scholarship was in effect during your college education. Click here for more information.

Why Do I Need a Resume of Activities?

Involvement in extracurricular activities can make you stand out in the college application process. Are you a leader?  Have you achieved a noteworthy level of achievement?  How does the activity make you distinctly different from others with similar interest?

This same Resume will also be helpful for teachers and counselors whom you may ask to write your letter of recommendation. So gather the following information:  name, address, professional email address, cell phone/home phone number, objective or summary, education, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, awards and certificates, skills/academic achievement, music /artistic achievements, references, and other information.

Think about your qualities: Time management; teamwork; goal-oriented; competitiveness; confidence; persistence/endurance, loyalty;  discipline; taking criticism; dealing with setbacks; leadership; and flexibility/adaptability.