Greetings Students & Families!
As summer vacation is 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 getting ready to head out to tackle 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 heading off to 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 this year’s goals?  Let’s evaluate!
Suggested Summer Readings
If you chose the right books, reading is fun!
Reading continues to develop your communications skill set. You wouldn’t run a marathon without having prepared. Reading is your preparation for life – life? Yes Life!
Whatever career field you may ultimately embark upon in 5 to 10 years, you’ll be working as part of a team of professionals. Creativity is enhanced when people bring unique and well-informed perspectives to solve problems – problems of all sorts.
Also, when you read, you’re preparing one page at a time for your SAT/ACT on the horizon in your junior year of high school. Reading also prepares you for college essays- several colleges have essay prompts asking about books you’ve read for pleasure. Mostly, your ability to engage in conversations about a vast array of issues is greatly enhanced when you are well-read and well educated. Reading is a lifelong endeavor.

These are my suggestions in fiction and non-fiction.
Let’s customize your list given your emerging educational and personal interests.
  • The Last Lecture Randy Pausch (Also a video)
  • A Whole New Mind – Daniel Pink (Visual Arts, STEM & Business majors will enjoy this one!)
  • The Black Swan  – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The Tipping Point   – Malcolm Gladwell
  • A History of Everything   Bill Bryson (Scientists and Historians alike will love this book)
  • You are a Badass – Jen Sincero (Inspirational !)
  • Grit by Angela Duckworth (If you’re a “B” Student or an “A” student – you’ll find this book both inspirational and reassuring!)
  • The Gene,’ by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Especially for aspiring Physicians and Scientists)
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics – Carlo Rovelli
  • Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything Kelly Weinersmith
  • Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
  • The Life & Success Stories Of A Shark Billionaire: Biography by Mark Cuban
  • The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama
  • The Elegant Universe Brian Green
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos   Brian Greene
  • Silent Spring Rachel Carson
FICTION-  Both Recent Publications & Classics
If you don’t like my suggestions- scroll through these well respected literary book lists for suggestions in all sorts of categories including fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, self-help and many more.
(Multiple categories include”Best Adult Vampire” )
(Assorted categories of fiction, non-fiction, adult, youth, childrens)
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Whether you’re ready to write your college essays or just beginning to research colleges and majors, or perhaps you want to create a customized summer reading plan to explore or deepen an academic/personal interest, I invite you to contact me to schedule your Educational and College Planning Assessment available for rising seniors and all middle and high school students.
Best wishes for a restful and joyful summer!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D.
561.509.0021 or  833.MY.ESSAY
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Professor Emeritus & Cornell University Alumni Representative- 30+ Years Experience