The idea that summer vacation is a “break” is a common misconception among students. Students tend to think that it is “free time” where they don’t have to worry about any sort of responsibilities. Well, that is half-true. Students don’t have to worry about anything school related. That is, of course, unless they are in summer school or decide to take some courses for college credit over the summer.
What many students don’t realize is that summer vacation is the perfect time to shine. It is a terrific opportunity to build a resume, participate in something they have never done before, broaden their horizons by traveling, and demonstrate to potential colleges and / or employers that they are “go-getters.”
Doing something – and I don’t mean just going to the beach – over the summer can have a very positive effect on financial aid and scholarships. This is true for both potential and current college students. It doesn’t matter if you are a freshman in high school or a freshman in college; doing something productive with your summer will make you shine, and certainly stand out in a crowd. This means that your resume or application will be more likely noticed by whatever entity is reviewing it.
“But summer vacations are supposed to be fun!” you might say. There is no reason that you can’t have fun while doing something productive during the summer, spend an hour a day working on your scholarship applications! You may be on vacation but your tuition bill will still be there when you start school.