Over the course of the last several months, you have taken every step to ensure your child or teen will be prepared for their summer, and now it's time to use these last few weeks to emotionally prepare them for the summer ahead. This, however, is easier said than done - so here are some tips to help you and your child or teen emotionally prepare for the summer ahead.
Check out this edition of the Campfire Conversation Podcast, featuring Jill and Jake talking about getting ready for summer camp. From emotional prep to packing essentials, and so much more, be sure to check out the podcast - and huge thanks to Cole Kelly for having us on!
No matter what experience you will pursue this summer, there is one key point to keep in mind as it relates to college admissions - summer is part of a student's larger story. If a student wants their summer to be personally meaningful and impactful in the college admissions process, it should ideally represent one landmark in a journey that will continue next school year. In order to really make summer count, there are certain steps you can take this spring in order to position yourself to build on your summer experience or experiences.
College admissions decisions are mostly in, and with every envelope high-school seniors have a better idea of where they're going to be continuing their academic careers. But if a student is academically burned out, or doesn't yet have the college readiness skills that will allow them to thrive independently, a Gap Year might be a great option. This article, by Everything Summer Gap Expert Deborah Lesser Friedman, provides great advice on who a Gap Year might be right for, and what kinds of experiences are beneficial for certain students.
Summer is an opportunity for a student to author a unique chapter in their story as an individual and applicant. But if this story is going to be compelling enough to matter to a college admissions team, then it will need to matter to the student first and foremost.
Read more to understand the importance of involving your teen in the summer-planning process, and steps you can take to empower them to take charge.
The college admissions process is more competitive now than ever before, and ambitious high-school students need to use every available opportunity to distinguish, and prepare, themselves as candidates. Summer – that two-plus months long break from the hyper-structured school year – presents a truly unique opportunity to do something compelling that will differentiate them in the college process.
So how can you plan to maximize your chances for summer success?
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Each summer camp has its own unique culture that distinguishes it. This culture is generally encompassed by the owner or director, and oftentimes permeates throughout the camp, impacting the staff, campers, and general feel of the whole camp environment.
That said – even within a camp that shares a strong culture, each age-group, and each bunk, is going to have its own distinct mix of kids and thus own its own personality. When we’re working with a camp family, we always have conversations with camp directors to discuss these social factors. Speaking candidly with a camp’s director will give you great insight into fit, and will provide clarity regarding what bunk and session placement will be most beneficial to your child. Whether you’re picking a new camp for your child or children to attend, or your child is going to be returning for another summer, here are factors to keep in mind to help set your camper up for success.