Category: Summer Planning

Summer Activities for High School Students

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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IvyWise On-Demand: It’s Not Too Late to Make the Most of Summer 2024

Summer is just around the corner, but it’s not too late to plan for a productive break! Join IvyWise college admissions counselors and a member of the Summer Discovery team as they explain the importance of having a productive summer and share suggestions to identify the best activities, courses, and programs for your interests and goals.

Watch now Summer break is almost here for many students, but that doesn’t mean all learning must stop! It’s important for college-bound students to spend their summers wisely, but they don’t have to participate in a pre-college summer program to do it.  

Colleges want to know what students are doing in their spare time, and that includes the few months that students have off during the summer. A productive summer can help you better explore your interests and ultimately strengthen your applicant profile when it comes time to apply to college. Spending your summer wisely is an important college prep strategy and can go a long way toward helping you achieve your college admission goals. 

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Exploring Your Interests Through Reading and Research This Summer

Thursday, March 16, 2023
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Summer break is a great time for students to relax, but summer shouldn’t be spent just lounging around! Students should use this break in their academic schedule to pursue their interests and one way to do that is through reading and research.

A productive summer keeps students engaged, fights summer brain drain, and gives them the opportunity to pursue activities that relate to their interests in order to better prepare for the college admissions process senior year. We can’t stress enough the importance of outside reading, especially as part of a productive summer. Reading not only allows students to explore topics of interest, but it also helps expand their vocabulary and can help them become better writers.

Research is also a great way to learn more about your interests and finish the summer with a project or paper that is a finished product of all your hard work. Here’s how to use reading and research to advance your knowledge using your summer college prep.

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How to Get Into USC: All You Need to Know

Friday, February 24, 2023

Tommy Trojan statue on the campus of the University of Southern California

The University of Southern California, or USC, as its best known, is a top research university and one of the most selective schools in the country. Located in sunny Los Angeles, California, it’s been a pioneer in academic and research initiatives since its beginnings in the late 19th century. Today, it’s one of the most prestigious and desirable academic experiences in the country and the world.

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How to Get Into Vanderbilt: All You Need to Know

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Vanderbilt University in Nashville

As a highly selective institution that’s known for its engineering, education, music, and humanities programs, it’s easy to understand why many rank Vanderbilt at the top of their college lists. This university offers many strong areas of study and is located in the heart of Nashville, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country.

With a stellar reputation and thousands of applicants each year, students must go the extra mile to earn a spot at Vanderbilt. Read on to learn more about what sets Vanderbilt University apart and learn best practices to increase your chances of admission.

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How to Get Into Stanford: All You Need to Know

Friday, August 12, 2022

While Stanford may not technically be part of the Ivy League, the school’s academic caliber — not to mention its competitive admissions process — rivals that of Harvard and Yale. Many students are eager to enroll in the top-tier university, which has a wide array of renowned programs including engineering and environmental science.

Although earning admission at Stanford University is challenging, there are a few steps applicants can take to set themselves up for success. Keep reading to learn more about how you can set your application apart.

How to Get Into Stanford University: Table of Contents

When to Apply to Stanford University How Hard Is It to Get Into Stanford: Early Prep  How Do You Actually Get Into Stanford: The Application Class Profile What Makes Stanford University Unique? When to Apply to Stanford University

If you’re looking to gain admission to Stanford University, it’s important to understand the application timeline. Most applicants apply to Stanford during their senior year of high school, but those that are offered admission begin preparing to apply years earlier. Some

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Resources for Rising College Freshmen

Sunday, May 15, 2022

A New Student Leader tour guide leads incoming first-year undergraduates and their parents across Bascom Hill while on a campus tour during a Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) session at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 22, 2008. Sponsored by Orientation and New Student Programs, the two-day SOAR sessions provide new students and their parents an opportunity to meet with staff and advisors, register for classes, stay in a residence hall, take a campus tour and learn about campus resources. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Jeff Miller Date:  07/08    File#:  NIKON D3 digital frame 6148

Here Are Some Resources to Help You Prepare For Your Freshman Year of College This Summer

Summer is in full swing, and while rising high school seniors are turning their focus toward the college application process, those who have already graduated are preparing for their first year in college. There’s a lot that rising college freshmen can do this summer to prepare for their first year on campus.

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5 Tips for Making the Most of a Remote Internship

Thursday, June 18, 2020

International Study TipsRemote Internships are a Valuable Opportunity for Students Looking to Get Ahead

Internships are a valuable opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience during the summer months. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these positions have shifted to virtual experiences in order to adhere to social distancing and safer at home orders.

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How to End the Summer on a Positive Note

Friday, August 9, 2019
Preparing for Back to School SeasonMake the Most of Your Final Days of Summer and Get Motivated for the Year Ahead

For many students, the final weeks of summer break are either here or fast approaching. Although it’s important to shift gears and prepare for the back-to-school season, students should also focus on making the most of their summer opportunities.

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How to Apply for Summer Internships

Friday, March 1, 2019

How to Apply to Summer InternshipsFind an Internship That Aligns With Your Interests and Goals

Summer internships are an excellent opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience, enhance their skill set, and fight off summer brain drain. Unfortunately, finding a best-fit internship opportunity that aligns with your needs and goals can be challenging.

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