10 Tips to Make Your Summer Count Toward College Admissions

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Finals are coming up and summer is not far away.
Do you hang out at the pool for the next few months or decide to explore some other opportunities? Your summer experiences can often give colleges a good idea of who you are and what is important to you.
That does not mean that there will not be time to relax, but it does mean that you need to get creative.
Here are ten tips to help you get started: 1.
Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, or a National Park 2.
Shadow someone in a business that interests you 3.
Start a play group for young children in your neighborhood 4.
Gain some valuable skills and start your own business: Dog walking, computer assistance, vacation home care 5.
Establish a charity you care about and make it your cause.
Research something you know little about and become an expert 7.
Take a college course that is offered to high school students 8.
Get serious about a sport you enjoy and pursue it with enthusiasm 9.
Read books that stimulate your mind and get your brain thinking.
Start a summer book club.
Write a letter to the mayor of your city and find out where you can make a difference.
Some of the best college essays are written about students' unique summer experiences.
They often reveal qualities colleges seek in applicants: Initiative, community contributions, and leadership.
Colleges like students who are different and who have pursued interests that most teenagers would not consider.
So, get off of the couch and get busy.
There is no reason your summer cannot be meaningful and fun at the same time.
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