Preparing Your Teen for College During the Summer
When you were a teenager what did you do in the summer? Before I had a teen I thought that planning summer activities was mostly for the young kiddos. Not anymore. When I was growing up, the best way to prepare for college was to do well in school. Summertime for me was spent working, earning some extra money to spend time with my friends. Somewhere along the way summer expectations for high schoolers changed. Instead of perhaps hanging out with friends at the mall or movies, many teens are taking the time to find academic programs to fill up their college application. Just as kindergarten is the new first grade, I am thinking summer will be an extension on our teen’s junior and senior year in high school. Perhaps summer jobs are a thing of the past for teenagers. In 1999 more than 52% of teens 16 to 19 worked a summer job. That number fell to 32% in the summer of 2013. Part time jobs have been especially hard for African American teens to find, in 2013 only 19% of had one. Summer pre-college programs can be seen as a better alternative to working in addition to time well spent. More specifically, reputable pre-college summer programs can:
- Let your teen know what it’s like to take college courses.
- Make friends and meet new people.
- Get a taste of dorm life.
- Learn how to ration $20 for a week.
- Learn how to manage time.
- Learn their way around a campus/the campus they plan to attend.
- Learn how to live away from home – meaning having to wash clothes, make decisions…
- Boost confidence and foster motivation
Here are a few Pre-College Programs to Consider:
BusinessYoung Women’s Institute - MEET Kelley Is a free opportunity for high-ability students to get introduced to the Kelley School of Business, learn the opportunities available, experience a professional business case competition, and ultimately consider transitioning to Kelley after high school.
ArtFashion Design - Parsons The New School for Design in New York City Parsons Summer Intensive Studies: New York is an exceptional academic art and design program enriched by the vast resources of New York City.
JournalismThe Princeton University Summer Journalism Program This program is intended for low-income students with excellent academic records who are committed to pursuing a career in journalism.
A Little bit of Everything:Barnard Pre-College Summer Programs
- Art History
- Political Science
- Studio Art
Syracuse University Summer College (6, 3 and 2 week programs). Types of programs offered:
- Forensic Science
- Law & Legal Communication
- Liberal Arts
- Media Literacy, Popular Culture & Democracy
- Public Communications
- Writing (WRT 104)
What kinds of summer pre-college programs interest your college bound teen?
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