NEWSLETTER – 2/7/2023

Summer Plans for Juniors


This month, I am talking to my Juniors about summer plans. It’s their last chance to add a quality line to their high school résumés and bolster their college applications. What are the options? With my students, we’ll look at opportunities to:

Volunteer. Yes, community service is important – for both college admissions and scholarship applications. Community service opportunities could be those that are already established at food banks, libraries, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations. Or they could be projects designed by the students themselves – to collect, recycle, restore, or create.

Get a Job. Work is admirable. Commitment and responsibility are two executive function skills that every student needs to master. Having a job requires a student to follow directions, perform a series of tasks, and show up on time. Plus, the income is always an added bonus.  

Love to Learn. Academic options are everywhere! You could get ahead by taking a class at your local community college. You could explore your potential major by attending a summer session at a selective college anywhere in the country. Try learning how to code. Or pick-up another language. Get out of your comfort zone and try a class on art history or music appreciation. 

Be an Entrepreneur. Learn by doing! Entrepreneurship teaches you skills through hands-on experience that cannot be found in a textbook. Innovation and creativity, plus communication skills, organizational know-how and strategic thinking could certainly set you apart from your peers.

Cultivate a Hobby. Summer is the perfect time to cultivate a hobby. What have you been wanting to try, but you haven’t had the time? Pick-up an instrument. Become a photographer. Paint. Learn to bake. Garden. Take golf lessons. Dance. But don’t just do it once. Cultivate means to devote time and effort to develop or improve. 

Embrace the Moment. So maybe your family already has a ton of trips planned for this summer and taking a class, having a job, or volunteering on a regular basis is just not feasible. Do something meaning with your travel time. Do a deep dive into the cities where you stay. Explore the history, current politics, largest employers, local writers & artists, food, or points of interests. Use what you find to write a blog, share insights through a dedicated Instagram account, develop your own research, or create a piece of art. 

Putting in a little effort this summer will dramatically improve the admissions process this fall. If you’re not sure where to start, give me a call. I will help your student focus on what matters for his/her situation. No two students are alike, and my approach to college admissions reflects that. I am definitely here to help! If you’re interested in learning more about how I can help your student find and fund his/her ideal college experience, reach out using any of the buttons below or give me a call at 405-906-7044!

Thanks for joining me!


JUNIORS: Over here at Scout, our Juniors are moving right along with the college admissions process! We’re exploring colleges & careers, gathering info for the Common App, and brainstorming essays. Want to join us? Use the button below to connect with me and let’s make a plan to get started as soon as possible!

FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES: Want to explore how you can make the most of your high school experience? I would love to help! Sign-up for a Road Map Session and get a personalized plan cultivated to help you shine. We’ll look at academics, activities, community impact, and much more! Click the button below if you’re ready to get started. 

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