Articles tagged with Summer Programs

How to Choose Summer Activities for Your College Applications

How to Choose Summer Activities for Your College Applications

The following piece was written by Rachel Korn. Rachel has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer, as well as the founder of her own admissions consulting firm.  In your applications to college, you will be asked what you did during your high school summers. Why? Your choices of summer activities actually say a lot about your personality, what you love, and your skills. Admissions offices care about your summer activities because they want you to be productive. They do not expect you to work all the time and never play – in fact, admissions officer ... Read More About How to Choose Summer Activities for Your College Applications

How to Choose Extracurricular Activities in Middle School

How to Choose Extracurricular Activities in Middle School

The following piece was written by Eddie LaMeire. Eddie has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and has previously worked in admissions at Loyola University and University of California at San Diego. He is also the founder of LaMeire College Consulting.   Last year, NPR ran an April Fools’ story on the so-called “Porsafillo Preschool Academy,” a fictional school taking drastic measures to ensure the “quality” of the students they admitted. What was so interesting about the piece, entitled, “N.Y. Preschool Starts DNA Testing for Admission,” was that it resembled a real NPR rep ... Read More About How to Choose Extracurricular Activities in Middle School

Why Extracurriculars Boost College Success

Why Extracurriculars Boost College Success

Students who participated in after-school activities for two or more years during high school were almost twice as likely to complete college than those who did not.  This finding comes from professors at Columbia University, who also found correlations between participation in extracurriculars and increased high school GPAs. The key is not simply joining a club, but being involved for an extended period of time.  The determining factor is persistence, or "grit".  If you can develop persistence and passion for an activity, that mindset is likely to carry over to your academic pursuits.  In contrast to the extrinsic motiv ... Read More About Why Extracurriculars Boost College Success

Why Schools Are Considering Year Round Classes

Why Schools Are Considering Year Round Classes

As summer is winding down, ponder the possibility that some schools are considering no summer breaks at all. The idea of year-round schooling, meaning no break is longer than eight weeks, has been tossed around for years, and an article in the District Administration just revisited the debate. Proponents of year-round schooling argue that students don’t do anything over the summer. They don’t read, they don’t look at math problems or history facts. They do nothing and essentially forget all the information they learned the previous year. They argue that the last month or so of school is a waste because students cannot focu ... Read More About Why Schools Are Considering Year Round Classes

How Summer Experiences Craft College Essays

How Summer Experiences Craft College Essays

It’s really not that hard. Step one: Lead off the essay with the most interesting/impactful thing you have ever done or will do. Example: “Years from now I will save people’s lives every week, every day, every hour – perhaps even your life.” Step two: Make sense of your lead sentence. Example: “At ___________ I plan to study engineering and ultimately launch a career, specializing in automobile safety." Step three: Tell the reader why this was/is important to your growth as a person and student. Write about how this has/will affect you, the people around you or even the world. You’re probably askin ... Read More About How Summer Experiences Craft College Essays

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