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School is out, and it’s summer vacation! Now what? Colleges will look closely at your academic years, but they’re also very interested in how you spend your summers.

So, how can you use this time most effectively?

Finding the right summer activities can really give you an edge as you build your admissions profile. Summer is a crucial time to discover your interests, activate your passions, and take your endeavors to the next level.

In our Stand-Out Summer Ideas for Teens document below, we’ve gathered 8 steps that will help you find summer activities that are both fun and will make your resume pop. We’ve also created a great list of Stand-Out Summer Activities for Students you may not have considered, to help you step outside the box!

Suggested Steps for Success

  • Read our Stand-Out Summer Ideas for Teens document below and take notes
  • Brainstorm a list of summer ideas
  • Narrow the list down by conducting research and talking to trusted mentors
  • Apply for your top 5-10 choices!

Not sure what summer program would be the best fit for you? Hoping to land an internship, but don’t know where to begin? Excited about launching an independent project or business venture, but need some guidance and support?

We know a thing or two about how to get the most out of your summer.

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Blue Stars College Planning Foundations Workbook

Start today! Go through these strategic exercises to help you sketch out your plans for all four years of high school.

  • Learn key traits important to top colleges.
  • Write your first personal narrative
  • Branch out, exploring interests and defining activities.
  • Set goals and create your 4-year college planning timeline.

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About the Author: Amy Morgenstern

Dr. Amy Morgenstern, affectionately known as Dr. M, is the founder and CEO of Blue Stars Admissions Consulting. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and an MFA in contemporary art. A former professor of philosophy, honors program associate director, and assistant to the director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Dr. M brings a wealth of academic and multicultural experience to her practice.

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