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What are some tips you could give to a junior for how to spend their summer before senior year of highschool?

I get pretty lazy and unproductive during the summer so I was curious if anyone had any advice to keep my productive during the summer.

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Cathy’s Answer

Hi there Ashton,

I'm not sure what your plans are after you graduate high school, but here are a few ideas for keeping you busy the summer before your senior year of high school.
-Volunteering-Check out some of the local non-profits in San Francisco and see if they have a volunteer schedule. Another great place to start might be on https://www.dosomething.org/us. You can select what causes might interest you and participate in the activities connected to a specific cause.

-Summer Job-Depending on your interests you might be able to find a summer job (even if it just part-time). Check out the local restaurants near your high school (especially the "mom and pop" types). I was a summer camp counselor before my senior year of high school and it was a great way for me to make some extra cash before senior year activities like Prom and Homecoming and also save for college. Also, consider looking into local pools or YMCA's that might need lifeguards for the summer.

-Apply for scholarships-If you're interested in attending college, this is a GREAT time to start trying to apply to scholarships. Sometimes things can get hectic during senior year and you'll have less time to actually sit down and write. Here's a website you can check out to get started https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/bigfuture-scholarships?navId=www-cbos. Hope this helps some!


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Briana’s Answer

Hi, Ashton. Cathy gave a great answer. I'd also like to point out that most college applications open in the summer, so you can also spend time working on getting together your resume, recommendation letters, and student essay. If you are able, this is also a good time to try and visit college campuses. Public schools in particular often have a summer semester where you can talk with students and professors and sit in on classes.
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Kimanu’s Answer

The best thing I can say is get involved! What ever your passion is or something you have interest in do it!! Look for internships or volunteer programs abroad or in your community. See if there are any summer programs at local colleges in the area where you can get an early peek at what to expect for college. Set up a few visits to some of the campuses in the area for a tour. Put together a to do list before the summer is here and try to achieve some of the tasks. This may be a perfect time to get started and motivate you to make and build a better you good luck!!
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Michael’s Answer

My answer for you is that it depends first and foremost on what aspirations you have for the future. If you are planning to go to college, I would find a job that is related to or volunteer services that are related to what you want to study in college. If post-secondary education will not be your pursuit after high school, I would recommend you spend your time learning a craft that can help you to be a better person, better learner, and a better citizen.
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James’s Answer

Try and find something that will help you stand out when you start sending in college applications. Maybe a volunteer opportunity. Maybe an internship if you can. Lots of people have good applications and you have to remember that colleges get thousands of them. What makes you different than other applicants?
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Shaye’s Answer

There are some great answers here already. I would also add studying ahead with your senior high school materials as it will get challenging in the final year. Studying ahead will help reduce the stress and save you more time in the future from studying. Also, getting good grades in the final year is very important to getting admitted into a good college. You could pick a subject that you're struggling the most with, then get study materials or tutors to help you with it before school starts. Good luck!
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Nandini’s Answer

Hello Ashton,

Here are some of things that you can do to not only prep for your senior year but also will help you for college if that is in your future plan. Hope it helps!

1. Internship/ Work Experience - It does not have to be a tech or management job. Any experience where you get a working knowledge of a field/ industry would be great. Preferably an industry in which you envision your future.
2. Volunteer - This is more for your soul than anything else :) Volunteering grounds us and helps us connect with people from various walks of life
3. Hobbies - Develop a hobby you do just for fun. It can even be something as simple as a blog, making candles (I do this as my hobby!), art, etc.
4. Learn! - Identify an area of interest (Ex: AI, ChatGPT, etc.) and explore more on this subject.

Best of luck!
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Chirayu’s Answer

There are many productive ways to spend your summer before senior year of high school. Make a list of the things you want to achieve during the summer. This will help you stay focused and motivated throughout the summer. Look for opportunities to gain work experience in a field that interests you. This can help you build your resume and explore potential career paths. Find a cause you are passionate about and look for volunteer opportunities in your community. Not only will you be helping others, but you'll also gain valuable skills and experience.
Consider taking a summer course at a local college or university. This can help you get a head start on college credits and explore new subjects. Spend time reading books, watching documentaries, or taking online courses to learn about topics that interest you. Spend time outdoors, go on hikes, or participate in outdoor activities. This can help you stay active and reduce stress. Use the summer to work on your college applications, essays, and resumes. This can help you stay ahead of the game and reduce stress during the school year.
Good luck!
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