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The one complaint students have about summer vacation? It’s too short.
It feels even shorter if you get nothing done.
As tempting as it is to enjoy the beach, hang out, and put in a few days a week at your job, you need to remember that you’re preparing for college, too. Your summer activities and accomplishments should be part of your college resume. They show colleges that you’re motivated all the time.
Four Ways to Stay Motivated This Summer
Outline Your High School Plans
Start working on things you know are due next fall. If you’re taking the PSAT, SAT or ACT in October, study now, 15 minutes a day rather than cramming for two straight days before the test. If you need to write several admissions essays for your college applications, outline and write samples this summer. If you’re taking American history, read a book or two on the subject. Does the freshman class always read Romeo & Juliet? Add it to your summer reading list.
The summer is a time for fun, but it can also be useful and effective. After all, is it really all that much fun if you’re putting more pressure on yourself for the rest of the year?
By finishing a few tasks this summer and staying on top of your college prep, you’re not cutting your summer short – you’re giving yourself way more time the rest of the year!
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