by Leslie Bettino
Imagine working alongside health care professionals on high-impact public health projects across the Dominican Republic. As you earn your First Aid certification, you are able to practice your Spanish in a healthcare setting. Or spend six weeks working under the mentorship of Boston University’s respected faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students in their high school summer Research Internship in Science & Engineering program. Interested in law? Earn college credit in USC’s law classes where you will be able to analyze real legal cases, meet with law school admissions officers and talk with USC alumni currently attending law school. There are countless opportunities to pursue as a high school student during the summer months.
If you are unable to participate in a lengthy summer program, look into building your community service hours through volunteering in an environment where you will grow and learn. Interested in teaching? Spend consistent time mentoring young kids and tutoring them in subjects in which they need help. Aside from volunteering, there is always the option of taking a class at your local community college. If you are interested in Psychology, take Personality Psychology and get a taste of a potential major. Another great option is getting a job! Keep your eye out for businesses looking for summer help- grocery stores, yogurt shops, surf shops… it is a popular time to get a job, so be proactive and get your applications in early!
Regardless of how you spend your time, use it wisely. Going to the beach, hanging out with friends and sleeping in are an appealing part of summer. But make sure you balance your free time with positive activities that will allow you to learn, mature and gain more independence as you prepare to apply to college. You will never regret pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, but you will regret not taking advantage of opportunities at this time in your life. If you need help identifying some options for this upcoming summer, talk to your counselor about it as soon as possible. We will help guide you in the right direction!