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summer suggestions for high school students

Take advantage of your summer break to use some of your time to build a great resume and develop your stand out factor. Here are a few suggestions on how you can do that.

Summer jobs teach you to work, show up on time and teach you responsibility. They demonstrate that you are a viable candidate for the work force plus you earn money.

This is a great way to gain experience possibly in a field that you might be interested in. It's also a great way to get to know college life, the campus, faculty & staff. Here are a couple ideas at SUU that might interest you. Check other campuses for their summer camp opportunities.

Being charitable and volunteering demonstrates that you are willing to contribute to your community. There are A LOT of scholarships and admissions officers who want to see this.

Summer time is the perfect time to start your own business. There's less stress because you are not worried about homework, grades, or making it to practice. This also demonstrates that you are willing to put yourself out there and take risks.

Before you decide where you are going to go to school you need to find the college that best fits you. The best way to do this is to visit campus. Check out the college or university that you want to attend by visiting their website. You can schedule a campus tour online. If you are thinking about attending out of state try taking a virtual tour of campus.

Why not study for the ACT. You shouldn't cram for this exam. This is the exam that you want to take seriously and do well on. Even if you take 15 minutes a day to answer a few questions it's better than nothing. Plus, research shows that if you slowly study and add information to your brain you will retain it longer. Check out the ACT section of our website for study tips and materials or go to for test prep.

This can be an overwhelming task your senior year so why not get a jump start now? There are a bazillion scholarships out there waiting for you to apply for. A suggestion - start looking in your own backyard meaning check your bank, your parents employer, your ETS advisor and so on. Go for the local scholarships first then expand. If you look for local scholarships your chances of winning those are greater because you are competing against fewer students. Try this website just for fun.