Below are 5 fun summer activities and advice to help you get ready for college. They are fun! Really.
1. Get a part-time job!You may be tempted to spend all summer by the pool, but a part-time job could be the thing you need. It would not only give you some extra cash, but also teach you valuable skills and strengthen your future college applications.
2. Reflect!Think about what has happened to you in the past days, weeks, months, and years. What made you proud? What made you struggle? What was your favorite memory? These moments of self-reflection may inspire your college application essay!
3. Explore and visit!Do you have friends or family who are already in college or are about to start their freshman year in college? Tag along and visit their college campus! Even better – turn visiting colleges into a family vacation. Research what schools are in the area and pop in for a campus tour. Talk to current students, explore local food options, or take pictures and post them on social media with the school hashtag.
4. Get on mailing lists!Summer is the perfect time to get on the mailing lists of different colleges you may be interested in and request additional information. The brochures and materials you receive may inspire you to start your college “wish list.” Make a game out of it to create some friendly competition among your group of friends! Create a list of things to search for (do they offer the program you’re interested in, what is their mascot, what is the closest big city, what is their GPA requirement, do they have a swimming pool, what are the school colors, etc.) and see who completes the list first.
5. Get out of your comfort zone!Are you a suburban soul who prefers the peace and quiet? Take a day to explore a nearby city! Do you spend your days reading a nice book on the sofa? Put your comfy clothes on and take a hiking trip or spend the day at an amusement park! Are you hesitant to talk to college admissions folks? Pick up the phone or shoot an email to your admission counselor introducing yourself! Getting out of your comfort zone may seem scary and maybe even unnecessary, but it's essential to the person you will become.
Bonus tipCreate an email address solely for receiving emails from colleges. Make it simple, no flare – maybe just your first and last name. This way, your personal email will not be inundated with college news, applications, and updates.
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As you might expect, the vastness of your college experience is not limited to the classroom. With our campus being in the heart of Jersey City any job, internship, or professional interest you can think of is close by. Downtown Jersey City – also known as Wall Street West – is a major financial services hub and home to corporate offices like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Fidelity Investments. A free shuttle bus takes students to and from the Journal Square PATH station for a train that brings you to New York in minutes.