It’s Not too Early…Start Making Summer Plans Now
By Dr. Shanell
Summer feels so far away, but it will be here sooner than you know. Family vacation, leisure reading, playing sports, summer camp, relaxing, creating/crafting, and resting are all ways to spend that time. Summer programs, often associated with universities, are also a great way to spend part of the 8 weeks you have off from school. Now is the best time to start making plans as many programs have March deadlines and limited number of spaces. Though summer programs aren’t required as a graduation requirement or the college application process, participating in a formal program can be beneficial if it aligns with a student’s true passion and interests. Other benefits include:
- Learning from positive role models
- Development of self-reliance and independence
- Making new friends
- Meeting peers with the same interest
- Development of new social skills
- Exploration of new academic topics and fields of study
- Exploring life on a university campus
Whether it be filling out the Common Application activities section or using it as a source of inspiration to include in your UCAS personal statement, in today’s competitive admissions market, it’s important to stand out. If you need help finding opportunities, this link from International ACAC is a great resource to discover summer programs around the world!
Note, if your goal is to gain experience and learn new skills, interning or securing a summer job could be just as valuable.