A few weeks ago I talked about the value of having a college plan – early planning allows students to adjust their high school courses and build extracurricular activities that help reduce the stress and confusion during the college admissions and application process. More important- building a college plan early in high school increases the joy of learning allowing for deep discovery both within and outside the classroom. In College Admissions Planning- What Should You Be Doing Now? I talked about early planning.
IS YOUR STUDENT ON TARGET?
If you’re a rising senior- Class of 2020, you may be focusing on researching colleges, perhaps even debriefing some recent campus visits. Undoubtedly, you’re getting ready to finalize a short list of universities that provide a great fit and will soon be writing your college essays.
If you’re just starting high school, or in the 9th or 10th grades, the summer is a great time to continue to explore academic and personal strengths. Unless you’re attending a program (Click to view :SUMMER COLLEGIATE PROGRAMS) please consider some of my suggestions and schedule an .
WHAT’s ON YOUR RADAR THIS SUMMER?
JUMP START YOUR
STRATEGIC EDUCATIONAL PLAN –
COMPLIMENTARY SUMMER PLANNING
I am thrilled to again offer complimentary summer career and educational independent planning for 8th to 10th grade clients and new clients signing a Comprehensive package.
Students and parents are invited to review my comprehensive list of summer projects and together we build a program that may involve summer reading, written assignments (short assignments involving guided student-directed research on potential careers, current events or professional reading relevant to a potential /emerging area of academic interest) and relevant hands-on projects.
Especially for 8th and 9th grade students: Setting the Goals –
Dream It and Own It!
Whether at home or away, summer is great time to Do-It-Yourself – DIY!!
Take hold of a project, set a goal and either working by yourself or alongside other students with a similar interest (I am pleased to match students with similar interests), do-it and own it!
NEED AN IDEA???
STEM students, let me introduce you to some opportunities to learn to code or take hold of some of the DIY projects in Popular Science magazine (2-3 of these every month). Last October I sent many of you a link to make an LED Jack-0-Lattern. Food Scientists: Lots of weird new things to learn. Engineers-no shortage of ideas! Aspiring physician– ? Ideally, work on a project with potential entry into science fair this fall . Together, we’ll set manageable milestone project due dates.
Business students-are you aware of the latest developments and controversies in your field? Consider volunteering for an organization /family/small business to implement a social media campaign. Learn how to organize data for analysis.
SHOW ME THE MONEY?! NOT REALLY…
I think all students in any major should learn more about the amazing initiative started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet:
Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are encouraging the wealthiest individuals in the world to give back to society through donations that can make a difference in our society and on our planet.
Learn about how billionaires earned their wealth and how they are changing the world. Who do you admire most? Why? Where will you leave your mark on society?
Humanities: Writers, Pre-law, psychologists, diplomats! There are many interesting essay contests throughout the school year. Use the summer to do your research in anticipation of participating in an essay competition in a field of interest. Reading current events and being aware of how public policy makers and industry work hand-in-hand can be eye-opening.
Artists, Actors and Musicians-Continue to create original work expanding your craft, building your portfolio and ultimately finding your unique passion. Is your social media current including videos of your performances?
Bottom line- start to explore areas you haven’t yet considered or enrich an existing interest. I have an extensive list of possibilities and hope all students to do something productive and enjoyable this summer.
READ READ READ-books are only one part of reading. I encourage all 8th, 9th and 10th grade student develop a list of 2-3 internet periodicals, newsletters or industry bulletins that develop and increase your awareness of a potential area of interest.
For example, business students can read the NYTimes Business section or Wall Street Journal. STEM students should be reading one science magazine on a regular basis. Need suggestions? Pre-med students are you aware of the cutting edge research in your area of interest? Have you considered ethical discussions underway?
10th and 11th NEXT STEPS: FINDING YOUR NICHE, Course Adjustments!
This is the time to develop or confirm your area of interest of study. All juniors should have already spent extensive time comparing and evaluating curriculum at colleges on your short list.
Especially for Sophomores:
If you aren’t attending a summer program, this summer is the perfect time to engage in preparation for ACT/SAT tests to be taken in the fall of your junior year. Please discuss with me the variety of test preparation options and what might suit your learning style and family budget.
Are you attending sleep away camp with no internet access? Trust me, if you are signed up for SAT/ACT online prep, your camp will provide internet access time for this purpose.
All students should jump start their anticipated most difficult classes for next year.
For most students, that would be an AP Math or AP Science class. Spend disciplined time 2-3x a week to become familiar with concepts you’ll be learning the first semester. Buy the SATII/AP books and read them.
EdX offers “on-ramp” courses. Let me help your student create a manageable summer schedule and help monitor their progress.
I have a recommended reading list and engage with your student in writing or by phone to discuss a relevant book. All are non-fiction and relevant to a potential educational area of interest.
Best Wishes for a strong finish to the school year!
HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS — There are still a few spaces remaining in my June College Application Workshop.
All clients have complimentary access to the June workshop and exclusive access to the Fall Sunday Afternoon Writers’ Block series.
Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. is the founder and principal educational consultant of College Career Consulting, LLC. She has over 30 years of experience as a university faculty member and shares her knowledge, professional resources and support with students who are ready to advance their lifelong educational and career journeys.