For many students, summer vacation is not a vacation at all.
But it should be! (Never thought you’d hear this from us did you?)
Students need time to relax free of schoolwork and work-work. Relaxing during summer break is important because it allows students to recharge for the fall. After a stressful year of nonstop work, students who do not kick back will find themselves burnt out and less motivated when school starts again.
If all a student does has some academic aspect, more likely than not, they will soon get tired of studying altogether, which is the last thing anyone wants.
Since balance is the key, plan the summer with a good mix of enriching activities and play.
For relaxation, students can sleep late, watch TV, play on the computer, do whatever. Other thoughts include exploring a personal project at their own pace, like an art project or reading a book that does not require a paper on allegorical symbolism. Free time also helps foster creativity and makes individuals more well-rounded. Summer is a great time for a student to pursue a personal interest such as dancing, coding, painting, robotics or graphic design. When activities are done by choice rather than by assignment, these projects can shine on resumes as they show true passion and interest.
Other interesting, challenging and personally rewarding summer activities can include jobs, classes, summer programs, internships, family vacations and study abroad. But, these are not as relaxing. Summer balance is right when students relax and explore interests, develop skills, have new experiences, make new friends and, yes, build the resume for college admissions
For ideas on what to do over the summer break or for information on college admissions, visit http://www.internationalcollegecounselors.com or call 954-414-9986.