By Raquel Santana ’16
Everyone looks forward to summer as a break; some go on vacation and some just spend their days at home watching television. With so much free time on your hands, summer opens up many opportunities.
During the summer vacation, it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of decreased responsibility. It’s okay to give yourself a break but it’s beneficial to get a head start on future encounters such as looking for colleges and jobs as well as applying for scholarships and internships.
“You shouldn’t spend your summer at home doing nothing,” said Mr. Lamothe, guidance counselor. “Look for opportunities that will help you later on and take on as many activities as you can.”
Don’t procrastinate. Get your homework out of the way as soon as possible in order to have more time available for the other things on your to-do list. Get out and play. Practice one of your favorite sports to improve and strengthen your skills. Set a time schedule and stick to it. By the time school starts you’ll be ready to make the team.
“Take advantage of the given opportunities and focus on things to better yourself,” said Ms. Simon, guidance counselor. “You can’t sit around and wait for something to happen, it’s up to you to take initiative and start your search.”
Study. If you are having difficulties, use this free time to catch up on schoolwork. Go over your notes or find someone that can help review them with you. Visit the library and check out some books. Reading can help improve your writing skills and expand your vocabulary. Studying remains essential even though the school year is in recess. When school resumes, you’ll be grateful that your academic knowledge and skills have not deteriorated.
Take a summer class or two. Getting a head start is smart and will be helpful during the school year. Being advanced in your class will allow you more time to study for other classes. College Now classes are always available during the summer and open to everyone, just be aware of the application deadlines. Keep in mind that summer classes are often fast paced and demanding due to limited time. Are you up for the challenge?
“Get ready for college!” said Ms. Koeppel, college office administrator. “Figure out what you want to do and where you want to go now, to ease off the stress later.”
Visit colleges. Look into colleges that may be of interest to you. Explore different fields to help you decide which career path you would like to pursue. Keep an open mind to the requirements needed in order to be considered a candidate for colleges. Allow yourself enough time to bring up your grades to show improvement within your transcript. Colleges love motivated and responsible students that remain active throughout the year.
Get a summer job. Many jobs require experience, you can get that by volunteering within your community.
“Don’t leave everything for the last minute,” said Samantha Mei ’15. “Take advantage of your free time because time flies and before you know it you’ll find yourself struggling to get everything done on time and it just becomes a hassle.”
Motivate yourself. Set a goal and stick to it. You can reward yourself prior to your accomplishment. A tedious task can seem much less daunting when you can look forward to a treat upon completion. It’s important to stay active; not only is it healthy but it’s also beneficial. Spending your time wisely, it will be worth it in the future.