Planning Powerful Summers 7

The more competitive the college, the more the college expects you to be a member of your community and to use your summer wisely and powerfully. The older you get the more they expect you to show leadership and initiative. They want to see continuity–that you really spend time with your activities and grow with them.

So find ways to continue with current interests, explore new ones, and begin to show your commitment, leadership, and initiative. Being active during the summer makes you a better person and helps you experience things that you can’t do during the regular school year.


Summer School or Skills Centers:

  • Colleges just don’t want you to just make up bad grades but if you have Ds and Fs make up these classes as soon as p
  • You can fulfill high school graduation requirements such as Health.
  • You can fulfill A-G requirements if you’re in a small learning community or academies that don’t offer them all.
  • You can go ahead a year in math or get ready for AP science.
  • You can do summer ENRICHMENT classes to push yourself further ahead.
  • If you are in ESL, take as many summer English classes as you can.
  • If your school isn’t offering summer school, Since consider taking classes at local skills centers to help you make up credits or do a GED program.
  • Skills centers also offer ROP courses and other vocational opportunities.

College or Community Classes or Summer Enrichment Classes:

  • Local two and four colleges offer summer courses.
  • Get their online schedules and see what they offer.
  • Most community colleges are full summer of 2010. But fall classes may be possible.
  • Get to know your professors!!! Go to office hours!!!
  • There are summer academic enrichment programs at your school or in your community.
  • They give scholarships to minorities and low-income students.
  • Attend local arts, sports, and enrichment classes in your community.
  • Here is a great listing of those programs.

Sports and Activities:

  1. Continue with club, travel, or varsity sports.
  2. Participate in activities such as acting, singing, playing an instrument, and more.
  3. Continue with religious activities, cultural activities, and everything you like to do.
  4. Follow a passion such as photography, drawing, and robotics.
  5. Keep working on a school activity such as newspaper, Model UN, drama, and sports.
  6. Continue going to camp and work your way up to CIT and Counselor.

Volunteer Work/Community Service/Internships:

  1. Do community service for non-profits, camps, schools, hospitals, and more. Internships are difficult to get if you’re not in college.
  2. But you can contact groups that work at your school, they may have volunteer opportunities
  3. Contact lawyers, doctors, research centers, government agencies, politicians, and any place that may interest you such as a community center.
  4. Contact the Special Olympics, your local parks, community center, and non-profits.
  5. If you volunteer during school, see if they will allow you to work more hours during the summer.
  6. If you’re interested in starting a club, spend your summer doing research.
  7. Find something that means something to you. If you want to help the homeless, work at a shelter or a food kitchen or a camp for homeless kids. If you like health care, volunteer at a hospital, a clinic, or a doctor’s office. If you’re interested in politics or government, contact your local councilman, community center, or agency that helps different people. If you’re interested in communications, contact public relations and advertising companies, newspapers, and magazines. Look online.
  8. In this economy, volunteer work is your best bet.


  1. Jobs are hard to find but colleges like students who work.
  2. Contact your friends, family members, and anyone you know. It’s okay to ask for help finding a job.
  3. See if you can work at a restaurant, coffee store, clothing store, camp.
  4. See if your elementary or middle school has openings.
  5. Babysitting and working for your family count as jobs!!!
  6. Job and Career Resources for Teens IS A GREAT SITE FOR FIRST TIME WORKERS.


  1. If you travel to see family, that is a great summer activity. Can you volunteer in the community or work for your relatives? Can you strengthen your bilingual abilities?
  2. If you travel with family or for programs, see what you can do to make a lasting change.

College Readiness:

  1. 1. Start preparing for the SAT or ACT or SAT Subject Tests.
  2. 2. There are free online test prep programs.
  3. 3. You can find a class at your school or in your community.
  4. 4. Visit Colleges.
    1. a. You can go online and find colleges through the College Board or  You can look for programs that interest you and being contacting colleges. They will send you information and you can look at their online resources, such as blogs and face book
    2. b. You can visit local colleges. They have free tours and information sessions. Just go to their admissions offices.
    3. You can participate in special on-campus programs at different colleges.

Whatever you do, keep a record of your hours and the tasks you complete. You will need to develop a resume and colleges often ask about your summers.


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