From looking for the ideal summer jobs for students to just having fun, summer’s a time for friends, fun and partying. It is possible to make it work for you to get you into your college of choice, though. Here are things not to do this summer if you’re headed to college.
Let’s face it, colleges can be snotty. Admissions committees will see a new summer hobby as a personal affront and a way in which you won’t fit in. They want to see you doing something fancy and dramatic with your holidays, as well as examining teacher recs, essays and curriculum. Your summer jobs will matter more then you think strengths.
There are a few things not to do during the summer.
The number one of these is exaggerating. Don’t oversell yourself. It’s hard to not be tempted, but it’s better to be honest. Most colleges will do the background leg work to find out there that so called scholarship was really a summer job, and will simply knock you out of the programs. Also, don’t use social media for the wrong things. Another important no no is leaving your college essay to the last minute. Don’t do it. Rather take the time and effort to prepare properly. Lastly, avoid the temptation to sit on your hands and do nothing- almost anything you do is better than nothing.
So, what DO I do then?
In a perfect world, the answer is getting chosen for a competitive and prestigious program related to your future coursework or a passion you can demonstrate. In an even more perfect world, that would be in the form of a scholarship or some other kind of reward to look good on your presentation. Typical student summer jobs these aren’t, and they’re both scarce and difficult to make it in to, so it’s better to look at other alternatives
Remember that we mentioned using social media for the right reasons? Not stalking your ex, but generating a provable history of following tweets, pages and more related to eminent people in your future field will make you look better on paper. And if you can swing a summer job that’s focused in a similar field, so much the better.
And if I can’t’?
If you can’t, don’t despair too much. Working any kind of responsible student summer job will probably attract positive attention, so be prepared to show some work ethic rather than lazing around through the last sweet holiday of high school. You may even get lucky enough to land a job with a company that will offer a paid scholarship or an internship towards the studying you’re doing. But whatever happens, you’re demonstrating responsibility.
Another great way to demonstrate that responsibility, other than with a summer job, is by volunteering. Of course, there’s a temptation to think only flashy overseas volunteering will cut it- and these do look good on the college resume- but any kind of volunteer work that’s broadened your horizons will make you look good to the college.
Juggling a student summer job with the demands of creating your college resume can be tricky, but isn’t impossible.