Volume 12, Issue 5
By Victoria, IvyWise Master College Admissions Counselor
It’s nearing that time of year when school lets out for the summer and you can finally relax, kick back, and binge watch your favorite Netflix shows or just hang out by the pool all day, right? Well, not really. For high school students who aspire to go on to college, they should know that colleges pay attention to what you do over the summer. Many colleges even ask on their applications what you’ve done in past summers, so deciding what to do this summer is especially on the minds of rising junior and seniors.
The Common Application and the new Coalition application have already released their essay prompts for the 2016-17 application season, so when should rising seniors get started on their college application essays? As soon as they can!
The summer is an important time for college prep, and students should be spending it wisely. Spending your summer solely preparing for the ACT or SAT is not impactful in terms of strengthening your application, but interspersing some test prep in between your regular summer activities can go a long way toward helping you reach your goal score.
Positively impacting communities, both local and global, is important to IvyWise. Through IvyWise Gives Back we aim to improve educational opportunities for children across the world. Our counselors are also heavily involved in various non-profit, service, and community organizations and projects, and we want to highlight the great work our counselors do outside of admissions consulting!
IvyWise counselor Scott is passionate about education and giving back. That’s why he founded Amandla Development, a non-profit organization in South Africa that works to empower South African youth with equal access to quality education opportunities. Amandla works at the grassroots level to help improve schools, educational resources, and more for underserved students. To learn more about Amandla Development, its mission, and how to donate, read our Q&A with Scott.