10 Ways To Enjoy Summer and Do College Prep
you find time to relax this summer but also remain productive, active and
interested… exercise, read, visit campuses while traveling, keep a journal,
develop a hobby and collaborate on something meaningful.
Below are 10 ways to enjoy summer and do college prep:
about community service and internship opportunities in your area that are in
your field of interest. Talk to other students and adults to see if they have
additional ideas. Network with those you know.
involved in extracurricular activities. Just select a few that tie in with your
interests – Do things you like and stick with it – depth and continuity are
impressive on a college application. Volunteer, but not with too many
researching colleges by visiting, attending information sessions, reviewing
websites, attending college fairs and getting on college mailing lists. While
attending local college fairs, find some that appeal to you. Start considering
criteria such as academic programs, location, cost, and size of school,
retention rate, campus life and housing.
Common Application has already released their essay prompts for the 2019-20 application
season. So, get started as soon as possible. Most students develop a list of
10-12 colleges and many are on the Common Application. With additional writing
supplements, students can expect to write 15 essays or more depending on where
Application 2019-2020 Essay Prompts – You will need to select
one and write up to a 650 word essay.
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or
talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete
without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be
fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge,
setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the
3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief
or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to
solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical
dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain
its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a
5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked
a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that
it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do
you turn to when you want to learn more?
7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one
you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your
your Common Application account here: http://www.commonapp.org
finalizing your college list. Discuss what criteria are important in selecting
colleges. Once you have a working list, you can determine how many essays you
will need to write and focus on the specific requirements for each college.
following your schools of interest on their social media channels. This will
keep you remain current on events and any changes to application requirements.
8. Brainstorm a list of essay topic ideas. https://college-connections.com/what-make-a-great-college-essay/
aware of any newly released supplemental essay writing prompts. Some colleges
will wait until later in the summer to release their prompts.
can enjoy summer — do go to the beach, meet with friends and have some lazy
Students can begin their Common App early by rolling over their account https://www.commonapp.org/rollover
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