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It's February. Now is the time to start planning for the summer. What students do during the summer can make a difference when it comes to college admission. Colleges are looking for evidence that students continue to develop their interests throughout their school years, and summer is the perfect time to do this.

For students who want to successfully show that they used their summer wisely and ultimately stand out from applying for college, there are five pointers:

  1. Develop core interests / strengthen current activities: With all of the summer programs, there are options to satisfy almost any interest. Children of theater and music can participate in a range of performing arts camps and programs. Likewise, students who are interested in MINT areas (natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics) have many opportunities to gain valuable experience in the summer through a summer program or an internship. There are also camps and clubs for almost all activities and sports.
  2. Discover personal interests: Start a business, do research, or join a nonprofit organization. At International College Counselors, we've worked with students who built great companies over the summer, who worked tirelessly for nonprofits, did research that was then published in journals, and with students who did personal projects like building a website, one Blogs and a book. With no homework and crowded schedules, summer is an ideal time to pursue these interests.
  3. Gain first-hand professional experience: Working in a workplace or internship shows commitment, responsibility and maturity. In addition, internships and jobs can help students choose a career path or discover new strengths or interests. For example, if you are interested in studying architecture, you can consider office work in an architecture firm. For each job posting, students can ask their supervisor if they can help with additional assignments that suit their interests, such as: B. volunteering basic research for a lawyer or social media management for a company.
  4. Expand your awareness: Would you like to learn something new? From cybersecurity to marine biology, students can take various courses in the summer for credit or enrichment. Even better, students get to experience life on college campus during their courses. Many colleges and universities offer pre-school programs for students during the summer. By participating in one of the programs, students can see what it is like to study a favorite subject in college - or explore a new area of ​​potential interest - and get a taste of college life by living in a dormitory, eat in the dining room and hang out on campus.
  5. Travel: We know that families like to travel over the summer. Students who want to spend time abroad and still look good for admissions committees need to do so productively. For example, students learning a second or third language can consider programs to practice their skills and explore ways to learn the language in real-life situations. Summer can also be a great time to go to colleges and narrow down a college list. This year, the specialist advisors from International College Counselors will be running the college admissions seminars for the All-Star Academic Adventure June 10-22, a program that visits 16 colleges, including Emory, Duke, George Washington, Penn and NYU. We look forward to your student coming to us.

We understand that summer should also be a time to relax and unwind. We encourage students to spend time with their family and friends, read a good book, and enjoy being a child.

IMPORTANT ICC TIP:Plan for summer as soon as possible, especially if your student wants to attend a summer program. Many application deadlines are as early as March. Some of these applications can be as complex as a college application and require essays, letters of recommendation, and even test scores. So get started soon.

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