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Summer Activities to Impress Colleges

Summer Activities to Impress Colleges


Summer is a great time for high school juniors to impress colleges. Here are a few activities that students can do to add some bling to their college applications in the fall.


Colleges are placing an increased emphasis on volunteering and service as they weigh applications. Finding an organization in your community to volunteer at will impress college admissions officers. It shows that you care about a cause and can give back to your community.

Additionally, if you’re helping out around the house, whether it’s raising a sibling or contributing to a family’s income, be sure to note this on your application. It demonstrates responsibility and maturity.

Get a Job

Landing a summer job shows colleges that you can handle the responsibilities that come with college life. It’s also a good way to save for college. Being a lifeguard, camp counselor or intern are good ways to gain valuable experience while earning money. Sometimes, jobs can lead you to additional scholarship opportunities, too.

Apply for Scholarships

The summer is a great time to search for scholarships. Even if a scholarship isn’t accepting applications until later, this is the time to add as many as possible to your list. Scholarships are free money you can use to pay for college, so the more you receive, the better.

Research Colleges

Although the school year is hectic, summer is a good time to figure out where you’d like to apply for college. Now is the time to determine whether you’d like to attend a large or small college or university, whether a city or rural setting is right and what academic programs best fit your ambitions. Having a list of colleges handy will help your application process in the fall.

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