Blog #15: Summer Experiences and the College Essay

What Summer Experiences Are Best to Write About?
I bumped into a friend whose son is a sophomore in high school. What should he do this summer that he might eventually write about on a college essay, she asked? We talked about him going on a trip to a foreign country to learn about other cultures. She wondered if colleges might think that a parent was trying to “buy” an experience for a teen. My thoughts were that a summer job/experience/trip should be based on the teen’s interests, passions, and goals. Going to Mexico to volunteer in a health clinic or teaching guitar to youngsters in a village in Costa Rica is a great idea – but is this truly what interests the teen? Also, one doesn’t have to travel far to find an opportunity to understand cultural differences/poverty/homelessness – they are right in your community or one nearby.

25 thoughts on “Blog #15: Summer Experiences and the College Essay

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