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Making the Most of Summer Vacation. A guide to a productive summer. Options for Summer. A summer job Career exploration Summer study Community service Travel Language immersion Prep for college admissions/ applications. Summer Employment. Earn money Experience the world of work

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Making the Most of Summer Vacation

A guide to a productive summer


Options for Summer

  • A summer job

  • Career exploration

  • Summer study

  • Community service

  • Travel

  • Language immersion

  • Prep for college admissions/ applications


Summer Employment

  • Earn money

  • Experience the world of work

  • Get a first-hand look at a possible career area

  • Gain responsibility

  • Possible recommendation letter from employers


Career Exploration

  • Internships in field of interest

    • Opportunities to learn more through unpaid experiences

    • Students should contact appropriate venues well before summer vacation begins:

      • TV or film production companies

      • Advertising agencies

      • City Hall/ law offices

      • Hospitals/ Drs offices/ Veterinarians


Career Exploration

  • Research Experiences

    • Field research – Archeological

      dig, environmental studies,

      marine biology, paleontology

Dinosaur Academy, WY

Students at Crow Canyon, CONewfound Harbor Marine Institute, FL


  • Lab research with a university professor

HS Summer Program

Northwestern University, IL

Physics/astronomy

Student at Baylor, TX

HS Summer Science

Research Program

Research Mentorship

Program at UCSB

Some programs offer students a stipend; others charge fees


Check with local theatrecompanies, art schools, symphonies and musical groups.

  • Apprenticeship Programs

    in the visual and performing arts

La Jolla Playhouse Summer Conservatory


Summer Study

  • At local community colleges through dual enrollment programs – often free but high school students have lowest priority in selecting classes

  • Take regular college courses at area universities – these courses are more likely to be accepted for credit by more selective colleges.


Residential Summer Study

  • Gain a first-hand look at the life of a college student

  • Take one or two introductory-level college classes

  • Get a head start on college credits

  • Learn to manage time and physical needs

  • Live in a residence hall with other high school students supervised by resident advisors chosen to work with this group. Engage in planned activities.


Types of Residential Programs

  • College Prep: students take one or two college courses in a program designed for high school students

Northwestern University

College Prep Program

Harvard Secondary

School Program

Cornell Summer College


Specialized Programs on College Campuses

  • Introduction to engineering

Introduction to Engineering Program at

The University of Notre Dame

University of Dayton Women

in Engineering Summer Camp

These programs provide a look at the

different fields of engineering. Most

include lab work, field trips, speakers


  • Architecture programs

    - provide insight into careers in architecture

    - students may work on portfolios to supplement their college application

    - visits to work sites, talks by practicing architects, hands-on studio experiences

Architecture Design Camp at

Auburn University

Exploration of Architecture at USC


Mathematics programs

  • Allows students to immerse themselves in mathematical study

PROMYS at Boston University

Hampshire College’s Summer Study

In Mathematics Program


What do kids say about spending a summer studying math?

These comments about the Summer institute in Math at the University of Washington: (a free program)

"SIMUW was simply an amazing experience. The program isn't about covering hardcore college topics, but rather about skimming through topics and promoting mathematical thinking. I personally had the best summer of my life. No one who has ever attended SIMUW has regretted it.“

"Without a doubt, SIMUW was one of the most rewarding experience that I have ever had. People may think that math is the only thing that we do at math camp, but it is not true. The counselors organized numerous activities, and I vastly enjoyed my time at the UW. I learned a lot of abstract math that are not taught in high school, and the friendship that forms among the participants and counselors is remarkable. Also, spending 2 months at a university itself is a wonderful experience. The 6 weeks absolutely flew by, and at the end, I wished I didn't have to go home."


Visual and Performing Arts Programs

  • Permit intense study in desired area

  • Meet with working artists to learn more about their field

  • Compile an art or design portfolio/audition tape/ student film

  • Gain technical experience not possible in a high school setting

  • Experience specialized educational setting such as an art institute/ conservatory


  • InnerSpark (Cal State Summer School for the Arts)

Music

Dance

animation

Visual arts

Film & video


Intros to Cadet Life

  • Students considering application to one of the military academies should plan on attending their summer program during the summer after junior year

  • These programs provide a look at life as a military cadet as well as introduction to the subjects emphasized at military academies.

  • Summer Leaders Seminar at West Point; Summer Seminar at the U.S. Naval Academy; Summer Seminar at the Air Force Academy.


Community Service Options

  • Work for organizations in your community

    • Homeless shelters/ food programs

    • Parks and recreation

    • Religious organizations

    • Hospitals

    • Habitat for Humanity

    • Schools


Take Part in an Organized Service-Learning Program

  • Opportunities available throughout the U.S. and abroad

  • International programs may involve home-stay experiences, language instruction, cultural exchange

  • Some are free, while others (especially international programs) require a financial commitment.


Community Service Opportunities

Landmark Volunteers Student Conservation Association


FromFree & Almost Free

Adventures For Teenagers


Service-Learning Abroad

Lifeworks International

Visions Service Adventures


Travel

  • Organized travel provides a taste of life in other countries

  • Living abroad for an extended period of time enhances the experience


Language Immersion Programs

  • Enhance language skills

  • Allow students to experience what life is like in another culture

  • Programs available in U.S. restrict participants to using foreign language only and attempt to recreate life as lived in the country selected


Language Immersion Programs without leaving the U.S.

  • Concordia Language Villages

Spanish FLIP at Oswego

Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy


Language/ Cultural Immersion Abroad

  • Large variety of programs to choose from centered in the country where language is spoken

  • Many programs provide cultural immersion through home-stay experiences with local families in addition to intensive language instruction

  • Programs often include a community service component


  • AIFS Summer Study in Nanjing, China

Brighton Study Abroad

in Costa Rica

Learning Programs

International in

Spain

Nova Language Adventure

In France


Search for summer programs at www.EnrichmentAlley.com

  • Free searches for Enrichment Programs

  • Over 350 programs listed with more being added daily

  • Many include reviews by former participants, parent, educators

  • The site also includes gap year and school year opportunities


Additional sites to search for summer enrichment programs:

  • www.societyforscience.org/stp/index.asp

    formerly called Science Service – now the Society for Science

  • www.careercornerstone.org/pcsumcamps.htm

    Sloan Career Cornerstone Center – links to science, technology, engineering and math

  • www.tryengineering.org/become.php?page=camps

    - Engineering programs

  • www.ams.org/employment/mathcamps.html - math programs


Prepare for the College Search and Application Process

  • SAT/ACT Prep

  • Visit College Campuses – either with your family or on a group tour

  • Finalize your college list

  • Download applications / work on Common Application

  • Begin writing essays/ personal statements


SAT/ACT Prep

  • Take a group or individual course

  • Books and guides

  • Use online prep:

    • Free: www.number2.com

    • Free: www.kaptest.com

      $ www.collegeboard.com

      $ www.prepme.com


Visit College Campuses

  • Get there for an info session

  • Take the student-led tour

  • Eat lunch/dinner at a dining hall

  • Visit the library

  • Check out the residence halls

  • Speak with current students

  • Sit in on a class

  • Some offer on-campus interviews


Finalize Your College List

  • Reaches

  • Probables

  • Safeties


Begin Work on Applications

  • Download application from college website

  • Check if your schools are on the common application or the universal application

  • Look for in-state public group applications such as www.ucop.edu or www.csumentor.edu


Begin Working on Essays/Personal Statements

Brainstormideas, rough draft, review, revise, repeat


Make this summer the best one ever!


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