School is out, summer has arrived, and parents are already exasperated. Many teens failed to find a job in the stagnant economy and are meandering around town aimlessly with friends. While summer is a great time for students to rest and regenerate, there are also critical things that they can do to improve their chances to get into a competitive college down the road.
1. Rising 10th and 11th graders should study for the PSAT, SAT or ACT.
Many schools administer the PSAT for the first time in 10th grade, and studies have proven that students who take the test more do better. So, starting to study the summer before 10th grade for the PSAT is an excellent idea. Grab a PSAT Prep book at your local bookstore and set aside an hour 2-3 times a week to complete chapters. Learning vocabulary, reviewing math principles and understanding strategies WILL improve your scores. And remember, there are scholarships tied to PSAT scores!
2. All high school students need to perform community service.
Colleges want to see a consistent commitment to volunteerism, usually 50 hours per year or more. Summer is a GREAT time to rack up hours quickly by volunteering one afternoon or day per week. Local animal shelters, The Boys & Girls Club, environmental groups, homeless shelters, food banks, religious organizations, nursing homes, museums, zoos and many other organizations need help. Look on volunteer websites like www.volunteermatch.org or simply pick up the phone and call local groups.
3. Rising seniors should complete college applications and essays done.
Trying to do applications in the fall when you have a full course load, sports or other extra-curricular activities is a bad idea. Essays end up looking rushed and hurt a student’s chances for acceptance. The best time to do applications is in the summer before senior year. Students should start with the Common Application essays in a word processing system, and then revise, revise, revise–until they are perfect. The Common App will be down for technology changes in July, and all info will be wiped out. BUT get your essays done now, and that will streamline the process in August. Also, watch for individual college supplements on admissions websites. Colleges usually release them over the summer which allows you to complete those early too.
READ MORE: Click belowthe original article from Golocalprov, written by Cristian Quinn