This month I’m excited to feature articles from a couple of our favorite private college advisors. Summertime is the ideal time for high school students to think about college prep in ways that can be fun and enriching. College advisor, Jennifer MacLure, shares some of her tips on how to make the best use of the summer months to broaden college opportunities.
I hope you enjoy her insights!
— Megan Trezza, M.Ed., Founder & CEO
Making the Most of High School Summers:
High schoolers: Summer is here! The next few months are filled with trips, hanging out with friends, catching up on sleep—maybe even working your first internship. For many of us, the summer is also a chance to reflect, to explore interests, learn, and take advantage of a flexible schedule. College admissions looks to see how you spend your time outside of the academic year, so why not use it to your advantage?
Here are some ways you can strengthen your skill set, beef up your resume for college applications, and have a productive summer!:
- Explore your interests. Learn how to code. Start a blog. Take a photography class. Do whatever inspires you and gets you out of bed in the morning!
- Not sure what interests to pursue? Take the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment. The questionnaire will help determine your areas of interest and identify areas of study required when choosing a college major. My Pathway to College offers personalized assessments and feedback. Not sure what you want to be when you grow up? Check out La Jolla LearningWorks’ new one-on-one Career Interest Coaching program!
- Take classes at your local college or university. Use the summer term to learn a new subject; take introductory courses to help you decide what your area of interest is — whether it’s marketing, biochemistry or journalism. You’ll get college credit, too!
- Want to beef up your resume? Volunteer! You’ll acquire valuable job skills and have something extra to add to your college application.
- Or get a job. Work at your local restaurant, library, or store. You’ll pick up some people skills and learn how to think on your feet.
- Pick up a book, or three. Read subjects you’re interested in learning more about. Look to bestseller lists for inspiration, from the NYTimes, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound.
- Take SAT or ACT prep tests. La Jolla Learning Works is now offering summer test prep sessions to help you prepare for the fall tests.
- Brainstorm college essay ideas if you are a rising senior. You can find the 2018-2019 essay prompts here.
- Build a portfolio. Gather papers and projects that represent your skill set, character, and intellect. A digital folder or personalized site is a great way to organize and manage over the years. Weebly is a popular site to build an online portfolio.
For other ideas and a list of comprehensive college application services, contact My Pathway to College.
About the Author
Jennifer MacLure is the Founder and Director of My Pathway to College. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling and School Counseling Credential from the University of San Diego and her College Counseling Certificate from UC San Diego. Jennifer has experience as a UCSD application reader for the Freshman Application review committee. Jennifer visits around 20 colleges per year to strengthen her knowledge of college offerings and to help students determine a “best fit” college.