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Summer activities can give prospective college students an advantage


Thursday, June 02, 2011
For high school students, the summer months provide a break from homework and an opportunity to unwind. However, this extended break is an excellent opportunity to take part in activities that can enhance your college admissions prospects.

To help high school students and their parents with the college preparation process, Aristotle Circle, a network of postsecondary admissions counselors and advisors, recently released several suggestions that might make high school students more attractive applicants.

According to Aristotle Circle, the first step is to devise a summer plan focusing on programs, extracurricular activities and community service you have or will participate in, as well as jobs that will enhance your college admissions prospects. Most college applications ask students to list their participation in these activities since 9th grade.

Once you have a plan, you can use summer vacation to gain unique experiences that will help differentiate you from other applicants. Possible activities might include advanced placement or language immersion courses, in addition to other knowledge-expanding opportunities.

College admissions officers also find students who have developed leadership skills to be attractive candidates, according to Aristotle Circle.

"Finally, don't forget the fun," said Jill Tipograph, Aristotle Circle's summer program expert consultant. "College admissions officers do not expect students to be hard at work year round" ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800522115-ADNFCR

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