Summer Opportunities

Educators encourage students to spend their summers in a way that is meaningful to them. Summer should be a time for students to recharge and enjoy some unstructured time. It can also be a time for students to explore an area of interest in a way they might not have time to during the school year. Because each student is different, it makes sense that the response to, “What should I do over the summer?” will be different depending on a student’s interests, experiences and goals for his or her summer. There are also a variety of summer options for every budget. Here are some suggestions from the College Board’s BigFuture web site of activities to consider this summer:

  • Get Hands on Experience through job shadowing or volunteering in a field that interests you.
  • Get a job. This will help you learn practical skills of budgeting, reliability to your employer and demonstrates a productive use of your time over the summer.
  • Take a class either online, locally here in Charleston, or through a residential pre-college program.
  • Join or form a Summer Book Club with your friends.
  • Keep a journal. This is a great way to hone your writing skills over the summer.
  • Read the news. Reading the news expands your knowledge of current events. By reading the news, you also might discover a new area of interest to you.

If you are interested in learning more about summer programs, we have provided the names of some programs and their websites on the attached link. There are entire books written about summer program options so this list is not inclusive of all of the available resources. We have provided it with the intent of getting you started in exploring some of the programs available to you.

Beware of the myth that participating in a college’s summer program can give you a leg up on your college application to that school. Summer pre-college programs can be a way for students to investigate more deeply an area of interest and practice independent living skills but college admissions officers, say that “…summer programs rarely give students an advantage when the time comes for them to apply to college.” (Forbes) While we encourage students to spend their summer in a way that is most meaningful to them, including finding some meaningful productive activities, colleges are not looking for any one specific activity or class to give students an advantage in the admissions process.

If you have further questions about summer programs, feel free to contact us.


“5 Ways to Stay on Track in Summer.”

Reston, Laura. “College Summer Program for High Schoolers: Are They Worth It?” Forbes Leadership. Forbes, 1 July 2015. 15 November 2016.