Greetings Students & Families!
As summer vacation is well underway,  I’m eager to hear about internship and volunteer experiences as my students journey to Costa Rica, China, Spain, Greece, England and Russia, further exploring their emerging fields of interest while spending time in organizations and also volunteering with children and families in need within global communities.
Here at home, students are tacklling challenging assignments and research in engineering, pre-medicine, business, philosophy and more at university summer programs!  In addition to the learning opportunities being afforded within classrooms, high school students are able to adjust to managing their own time and navigate the daily challenges living on a college campus!!!
In my earlier note COLLEGE PLANNING: WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER?, I talked about the types and value of attending various collegiate summer programs. If you’re at a collegiate program, that’s awesome and you will most certainly have an amazing time learning and living within a diverse campus community of learners from around the globe. Thinking about summer 2020 or 2021– speak with me to learn to begin thinking about options.
Recently, in COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ASSISTANCE: WHO ARE YOU? EARLY COLLEGE PLANNING!, I discussed the importance of ongoing discovery through extracurricular experiences, included self-directed reading and projects. Some of these readings and projects may become the basis for submissions to Competitions in STEM, Politics, Business & the Visual & Performing Arts.  Some suggestions for competitive venues across these fields were provide in COLLEGE PLANNING TIPS: COMPETITIONS, EXPLORE AND DISCOVERY   Competition not only builds confidence but increases your chances of college admissions acceptance.   Need suggestions? Need guidance on preparing an essay or project for submission?
Did your student realize 2018-19 goals?  Let’s evaluate and be ready for 2019-20!
If you want to minimize the stress associated with the college admissions process, build your Educational and College Admissions Plan as early as 8th grade! This will allow you to carefully select classes and extracurricular opportunities to encourage academic and personal exploration preparing you for success as a high school and undergraduate student.
Don’t follow the crowd nor march through high school without a smile ! BE INSPIRED!!
What is your student passionate about?  Now is the time for discovery!  

Summer is first and foremost a time for students to recharge, essential to facing another challenging and successful school year.  Students should NOT be over-programmed, but should also keep their “learning muscles” in use through guided readings, activities and programs to further explore.
I often hear from students who seem to think they have already decided the field that they want to study as undergraduates and even as graduate students! Their enthusiasm is wonderful, but at times these early academic/career choices rest upon preconceived notions about their interests and  misinformation about a given field of study. Sometimes, choices are driven by a misguided weighting of the importance of what the future may hold in terms of earnings.
Parents, school guidance counselors and private college advisors are a team supporting and encouraging each student’s exploration of potential fields of study that align with personal strengths and interests leading to joyful and impactful pursuits.
Students arriving at our first meeting are not always ready to think outside that box.  The middle and high school years are the time to learn more about EVERYTHING and rule out nothing.  The essential process of  discovery includes exploring a variety of academic disciplines many of which may yield a rewarding and joyful educational and career path.
(See my earlier note on Summer Readings)
I’d like to offer some suggestions for projects students of all academic levels and interests can do at home or even if away at summer camp including providing some suggestions for summer reading.
 Coding is an Essential Skill – STEM, Business, Humanities & the Arts!

Interested in Learning to Code? Toy Story 4 will be released June 21. A few thousand people collaborated to produce what will be the latest installment of an epic series. Most of the Toy Story team has an understanding and awareness of the fundamental principles related to coding.
Are you thinking about heading to the financial sector, possibly engaging in marketing, or perhaps have aspirations of managing a political campaign or evening contributing to a multi-disciplinary team that addressing global warming or revolutionize how we treat disease?
Each of these fields requires knowledge of how to manipulate and analyze large-scale data sets to lead to successful outcomes. Coding is fundamental to contributing to these and a vast array of projects underway that improve our quality of life.
This summer- consider learning to code by enrolling in a coding class online or at a local enrichment center.    
My favorites:
Multi-disciplinary problem-solving is typical in the fast-paced and incredibly competitive technical sector.  Students in all fields, including video-gaming/artists, filmmakers, financial gurus and even aspiring physicians are at a competitive advantage having acquired basic programming skills.   Robotics and Artificial Intelligence continue to influence all fields. Understanding the basics of coding is essential to success in STEM and many disciplines.  Have you considered “Computational Finance” or “Computational Biology” as potential majors?

Is there a GAMER in your house? The team of computer scientists, mathematicians, artists, musicians, and business majors that bring you
TWITCH- LIVE GAMING STREAMING  are incredibly passionate about what they do and are well educated team players who earn some very impressive starting salaries.  Parents – if you don’t know about TWITCH- you’re dating yourselves!
Best wishes for a continued restful and joyful summer!
Have a wonderful day!
Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D.
561.509.0021 or  833.MY.ESSAY
College Advising & Educational Planning
South Florida & Anywhere You Are!
Professor Emeritus & Cornell University Alumni Representative- 30+ Years Experience