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10 Things to Do to Make Your Summer Count
1. Head for the Campus - Almost every college in the U.S. offers fantastic summer programs for high school students. What's your choice? Sports? The arts? Academics? Computer science? They offer great learning experiences and your able to get a "feel" for college.
For a list of over 3000 camps, go to: www.petersons.com/college-search/summer-programs-camps-search.aspx
2. Summer Camps - Day camps, away camps, supercamps - they're all great places to learn new skills. Look for camps that teach computer or leadership skills, speed reading, time management, sports, art, or anything that interests you.
To find a camp, go to: www.acacamps.org or www.supercamp.com
3. Go to School - Riiiiight....just what you wanted to do. But it really is a good time to take one course-in the classrom or on-line. If you're a junior or senior, you may want to take a course at the SRJC.
To find a class, go to www.santarosa.edu
4. Make Some Bucks - Too young to get a traditional job? Become self-employed. Get training to become a lifeguard, caddy at the golf course, detail cars, cut grass, baby sit, walk dogs, paint houses. In your junior or senior years, get a part-time job or an internship related to the field you may be interested in pursuing.
5. Read - During the summer before your sophomore and junior year, get the reading list for the next school year.
For a list of books, go to: www.ala.org/yalsa/
6. Visit Colleges - Start with walk-throughs just to get the feel of a campus. Check out the activities and go to a play or a game. Hang out. And while you're wandering among the students, imagine yourself on campus in a few years. If your a junior, schedule in-depth visits in the fall and spring of your junior year. Don't forget virtual tours on the Internet.
For virtual college tours, go to: www.youvisit.com or www.campustours.com
7. Travel - Vacation with your parents and visit a a college town. Attend an out-of-state (or at least out-of-your-area) summer program on a college campus or at a camp.
8. Search for Scholarships - Forget the video games for a few minutes and register at a scholarship search site. Log into your Naviance account and click on the "Colleges" tab and then click on scholarship match. Juniors, this summer browse through scholarship books, send for scholarship applications, work on your essays, get teacher recommendations, and put your portfolios together.
For scholarship search engines, go to: www.scholarships.fastweb.com or www.studentaid.edu.gov
9. Volunteer - Get your community service hours in now and you'll free up your time during the school year. Feeling ambitious? Start your own do-good group or propose a program to an organization you're working with already.
For volunteer opportunities, go to: www.volunteernow.org or www.voluntermatch.org
10. Test Prep- Start preparing for the PSAT, SAT, ACT and SAT II test. Take the samples tests offered on the College Board website. Check out local librarys and bookstores for prep books.
For more information on test prep, go to: www.collegeboard.org or www.act.org
Sourced from: Countdown to College: 21 "To Do" Lists for High School