Jenn Curts, Guest Post
While many of you have exciting vacation plans, challenging sports camps, and skill-building activities awaiting you during the next few months, there are several simple things you can do to further enhance your summer vacation. I’ve compiled a list of easy ways to make your summer even more productive:
1. Read! I don’t mean simply completing your summer reading assignments. I’m encouraging you to challenge yourself by picking up the newspaper, a science magazine, or anything else that makes you think critically and exposes you to new vocabulary. Make a personal goal to read such publications a certain number of times each week.
2. Learn something new. Maybe you have always wanted to play the violin or learn sign language. Summer is a great time to try out a new activity to see if you want to pursue it in the future. Check with your local community college for course offerings.
3. Work on test-taking skills. Get a test prep book at your local bookstore, and dedicate time to working in it each week. You can also practice timed essay writing; repetition of this skill over time will eventually give you a big leg up when it comes time to take the tests.
4. Volunteer. Spend your time helping others, and hopefully in a way that is fulfilling to you. Maybe you are passionate about becoming a nurse: Volunteer at a hospital or at a senior living facility. Maybe you are a budding musician: Teach guitar lessons to local at-risk youth.
Jenn Curtis is a co-founder of FutureWise. She and her colleagues offer a personalized approach to helping students identify colleges that are the best for them.