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Turn Your Summer Fun into a Standout College Application

Turn Your Summer Fun into a Standout College Application

You probably planned a lot of fun activities with friends for the summer and maybe even a vacation! But don't let all the warm weather and outdoor time distract you from some other important things you need to do. If you plan ahead, applying to college can be a breeze.

Read and Write

When was the last time you read a book or wrote for fun? Some people truly love these activities, but we often shun them for video games, movies or our phones. Instead, commit to reading and writing more often, even without a homework assignment telling you to do so. Having stellar reading and writing skills will help you in college and beyond, so pick up a book and get started.


If you haven't already found an organization to volunteer with, now's the time. There are plenty of opportunities to find a cause that you're passionate about, plus organizations are always looking for people to help. You won't just serve your community, you'll also make new friends, build your resume and meet mentors who can write your college recommendation letters.

Find a Part-Time Job

A summer job is a great way to network, gain valuable skills and save some money. College is pricey and it's never too early (or too late) to start saving. Most of your earnings should go into a college fund, but don't forget to set aside a little for fun.

Apply for Scholarships

It doesn't matter if you're an incoming freshman or a graduating senior - you should always be applying for scholarships! Even if you aren't in the mood to write a long essay or create a video for a more involved application, there are some simple applications you can submit.

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