Using Summers to Your Advantage
The myOptions Team
Finding time to participate in extra-curricular activities, study for the SAT or ACT, work at a part-time job, AND do well in your classes can sometimes feel almost impossible.
There’s only so much time in the afternoons and evenings after school and you have to make time for dinner, sleep, and Snapchat right?
That is exactly why you don’t want to sleep on your summers during high school.
Summers are a fantastic time to catch up on things you don’t have time for during the school year.
For example, if you play a sport and don’t have time for much else during the school year, you can get a part-time job over the summer or participate in a summer program at a college or do volunteer work with a local charity to balance things out.
If you know the SAT and ACT aren’t your thing, but can’t seem to find the time to study during the school year with all of your activities and your school work, summer is a great time to get a jump start on prepping.
Also, if you know that you’re struggling in a specific class or you know that a particular course you’re signed up for in the following year is going to be tough, try to set aside some time over your summer to either review or get a headstart on what you’ll be doing the following year.
You also want to remember that your college application will often have a section asking you what you did over your summers during high school, and you definitely don’t want to say you spent them playing video games or working on your tan.
However, you also don’t want to say you spent your entire summer studying for the SAT or the ACT because EVERY student has to take one of those exams.
You want to do something that will, again, highlight your uniqueness so make sure that if you’re spending a good portion of your time prepping for the SAT or ACT or getting a head start on next year’s courses, you also carve out some time to do something that will enhance your personal story.