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Planning your Summer

Uploaded: Jan 19, 2016
(Written by Lori McCormick)

Last year I wrote a blog post about summer planning that you can read HERE. My advice hasn’t changed, however, I wanted to add a few more thoughts:

- Let me emphasize again the importance of starting your research now. Many summer programs, often the competitive ones, have application deadlines as early as February 1st.

- Financial Aid and/or scholarships are typically offered. Don’t let the cost of attending deter you from applying.

- There are several programs for minority and first-generation students so if you fall into those categories, research the opportunities that are available to you.

- I have noticed in my years of advising, that students overlook responsibilities in the home as extracurricular activities or work experience. If your entire summer consists of tending to a younger sibling, an ailing grandparent, or other family obligations, this should be captured on your college admissions applications. Time management, communication, quick decision-making, teamwork, and creativity are a few of many skills that are built whether your job is paid, unpaid, in the home, or in a store/office.

- Reconnecting with family is a useful way to spend your summer. Take a family vacation or day trips together. Unwinding and unplugging can be beneficial to everyone.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your summer, make the most of it!





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