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  • Making the Most Out of Summer Vacation

    Dan shifted uncomfortably in his seat. He was dressed up in a button-down shirt and slacks – it was clear to me that he had not chosen his attire. Generally, high school boys are not that adept at using an iron. We were sitting in a couple of wooden chairs in my office and we had a great view of the Kenyon College campus. It was early in September, so still warm enough that the windows could be left open.

    “So, Dan, how was your summer?” I asked.

    “It was pretty busy.” he replied.

    As an experienced interviewer, I know that the first few minutes are sometimes a bit tough, and it can take a bit of small talk before the student opens up.

    “A busy summer is always a good thing; what did you do?”

    “I, uh, just worked all summer,” he said and looked down a little bit.

    This was fascinating to me, as a summer job is a very impressive thing to do. It shows that you are responsible, can conduct yourself in a professional environment, and can work effectively with people of different ages, backgrounds, and experiences. However, Dan was making it seem like a summer job would be received as negative or suboptimal in the college admissions process.

    Many students think that their summer needs to be full of glamour and prestige – perhaps doing a summer program at a prestigious university or “voluntourism” in an exotic location. This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, the best summer experiences don’t have to cost a dime. Admissions officers are not wowed by the glitz and glamor of flashy activities. Instead, they want to see that you have engaged in activities that are meaningful and that allowed you to learn, grow, or perhaps take on a necessary responsibility.

    Here are three free ideas for students who want to have a successful summer:

    Do you want to make a difference?

    As we discussed, you don’t have to travel to a new continent or country in order to make a difference and serve. Instead, you can think local and identify nonprofits and other social impact organizations in your community. The chances are good that local organizations have a variety of volunteering opportunities to both learn and serve. Try to think about the issues that you care about and use that as a starting point for identifying organizations to reach out to.

    Do you want to learn something new?

    High school curriculums can be a bit restrictive, and summer can be an opportunity to try something new. Whether you are interested in furthering an existing passion or trying something totally new, taking classes can be very fulfilling. Your local college or community college will provide an array of options available to high school students. edX, a nonprofit collaboration between MIT and Harvard, also offers a library of free online classes from leading colleges and universities around the world.

    Do you want to make extra money?

    For many students, summer represents an opportunity to earn money for themselves or to help support their family. Whether you are working as a barista, a restaurant server, a camp counselor, or anything else, a job is a very enriching experience. I spent my summers washing dishes and doing kitchen prep at a local deli. Not only was I able to earn money, but I learned a valuable skill – cooking – that I still use today!

    Lastly, don’t forget to recharge

    Summer is also about spending some time on yourself. Spend time with friends and family, read that novel you have had on your bookshelf, and watch that new Netflix series that your friend recommended. This will allow you to start your new academic year refreshed and ready to succeed!


    Will Geiger has extensive experience in college admissions that includes work at an elite independent school and a selective liberal arts college. He graduated from Wake Forest University with honors in history and received his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.




    Augusta University will be hosting its annual residential summer camp, the Summer Leadership Experience, from from May 28th – May 31st. The Summer Leadership Experience is looking for students who classify as a rising freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior who exemplify what it means to be a student leader. Summer Leadership Experience campers are innovative thinkers, reflective learners, and students who have demonstrated a high interest in personal leadership development and a strong work ethic. The focus of the Summer Leadership Experience will be on topics relating to the distinctions of leadership, citizenship, and persuasive communication.

    Students will participate in workshops and programs that are in line with the Student Leadership Challenge curriculum and can expect events such as:

    • collegiate counselor led learning sessions
    • keynote speakers
    • teambuilding obstacle course 
    • lip-sync battle
    • community service project
    • personal development activities.

    These students have the distinct honor of representing their school while also gaining valuable leadership skills that will last them a lifetime.We thank you for your time and consideration in sharing this wonderful opportunity with your students. Should you have any questions, please email leadership@augusta.edu. Students and parents can visit the website here for more information and to complete all camper registration forms. Registration will be accepted until the camp is full. Payment for the Summer Leadership Experience should be made in full by May 8th, 2020. 




    The application for two of MIT's FREE programs for high school juniors (MITES and MOSTEC) is now open at summerapp.mit.edu. 

    The deadline for students to apply is February 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm (EST).

    Who can apply?
    Students must currently be in the 11th grade in order to apply. Also, at this time, OEOP programs are limited to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Students who complete their application and are successful in our highly-competitive selection process generally excel in math and science and have a strong academic record.
    They're free!
    Program costs are generously covered by our funders. Admitted students only pay for transportation to and from MIT.
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    The deadline to apply for Summer 2020 is February 1, 2020. Each student has the option to be considered for admission into either one of our two programs:
    This six-week summer program immerses students in life at MIT through math and science courses, a challenging hands-on elective course, admissions counseling sessions, lab tours, and social events.
    Students in this innovative online program discuss research, receive admissions and financial aid advice, and attend webinars. They also complete online science and engineering projects that they present during a five-day summer conference on MIT's campus.


    UGA Young Scholars Program


    The Young Scholars Program (YSP) is a premier six-week internship program for Georgia’s high school juniors and seniors interested in exploring Science, Technology, and Math through research in agricultural, food and environmental sciences. The 2020 YSP summer internship program will be held June 1 to July 10, 2020 on the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Athens, Griffin and Tifton campuses. This program is delivered through the Office of Diversity Affairs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 

    The Young Scholars Program has three goals: (1) expose Georgia’s high school students to research and careers in agricultural sciences (2) recruit students to UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; and (3) increase exposure and cultivate interests in agricultural sciences among students from underrepresented minority populations. We welcome all students to apply. 

    Application requirements are as follows:
    •    Complete and submit the online application by January 31, 2020
    •    Two letters of recommendation from science or math teachers by January 31, 2020
    •    One official school transcript by January 31, 2020



    UGA VetCamp 2020

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    Now accepting applications to VetCAMP 2020, which is scheduled for June 7-13, 2020. This program is offered to rising high school juniors and seniors and rising college freshmen to evaluate their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians, provide mentorship and help them experience veterinary medicine as an exciting career path. It’s a great experience and the students have a lot of fun while also learning about the profession.

    The application for VetCAMP 2020 is available now on our website. All application materials must be received by Friday, January 24, 2020. Please share this information with any qualified students who may be interested in veterinary medicine.

    The cost of attending the program is $900 and covers lodging, meals, instruction and social activities. Financial assistance is available to participants with demonstrated need. Students who are accepted into VetCAMP may request a financial assistance application by emailing us at vetcamp@uga.edu. They may also reach out to that email address with any general questions that they have regarding the program.





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    Sawnee EMC is accepting applications from high school students to compete for an all-expense-paid spot on the 2020 Washington Youth Tour. This inspiring week-long leadership trip offers participants the opportunity to experience U.S. government and history first-hand while having fun, making new friends and developing leadership skills. Applicants must be sixteen (16) years old by June 1, 2020 and be able to commit to the tour on June 18-25, 2020. Two (2) local students will participate in a week-long trip to Washington, D.C. While there, they will get the chance to see the U.S. Capitol, meet with Georgia’s U.S. senators and visit other major monuments and museums in the area. To learn more about the Washington Youth Tour and download the application, please visit us at: http://www.sawnee.com/content/washington-youth-tour. Applications for the Washington Youth Tour must be received by our office no later than Monday, February 10, 2020.



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    The applications for the 2019-2020 cohort of the Harvard Diversity Project are now open! Gifted and talented students from all schools around Metro Atlanta are invited to apply for admission into our nationally acclaimed pipeline program, where they will train another group of minority youth for matriculation into Harvard's annual summer residency. Eligibility requirements are listed in the graphic below. The application will remain open from April --30, 2019. Click here for more details.



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    Duke Summer Session

    Duke Univeristy has extended the admissions deadline for Summer Academy and STEM Academy to April 29! 
    Act now before the admissions deadline for the Summer College for High School Students program closes on April 15!
    Apply now to enjoy a summer of a lifetime at Duke University!



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    TAG-Ed High School Summer Internship Program


    Work on a STEM project at one of over 150 participating Georgia companies! The internships are paid, and the experience is priceless.

    The TAG-Ed Summer Internship Program was created to give competitive students real world STEM experience with companies in metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia. The internship Program is a 5 week experience where students work to develop their professional aptitude while building their technical abilities. By working on relevant projects, students leave the program with tangible work experience, invaluable connections, and a passion to pursue a career in the STEM field. TAG-Ed remains committed to recruiting top talent as this program continues to be one of the most selective and highly competitive summer opportunities. Interested students are advised to take time to preview the application before submitting to ensure they are putting time and effort into their application. We also offer a Career Readiness Series to teach students soft skills and enhance their professional image. Because we believe in the value of this information, attending one of these workshops represents a BADGE for participating in TAG-Ed’s 2019 High School Internship Program.





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    Cisco High School STEM Externship


    Applications for the Cisco High School STEM Externship are now open for Summer 2019!

    Cisco High School STEM Externship Program is a comprehensive, unpaid summer program designed to give current high school juniors and seniors an introduction to STEM careers at Cisco. 

    Students will be immersed in Cisco's history, culture, and world of work as full-fledged externs at the Cisco campus in Lawrenceville, Georgia. 


    Eligibility Requirements:

    - Current high school juniors and seniors (Graduating 2019 or 2020)

    - Minimum 3.5 GPA

    - Ability to commute Monday - Friday to and from the externship campus location


    NOTE: Eligible students must be a current high school junior or senior (Class of 2019 or Class or 2020) ) and the deadline for applications is March 1st, 2019. Students can apply using this link:




    Camp MAGIK

    Camp MAGIK

    What? Camp MAGIK, a healing camp for bereaved children and adolescents

    When? The Calvin Center in Hampton April 12-14, 2019 and at The Cherokee Retreat Center in Cartersville May 3-5, 2019



    Camp MAGIK is well suited to all youth ages 7 through 18 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other close loved one, especially youth who have experienced traumatic death. Professional bereavement counselors, trained in grief and trauma, lead all counseling sessions. 

    There is also a retreat available for adults who want to process their own grief with other adults who are grieving – please see attachment.

    Camp sessions are FREE OF CHARGE to all participating children and adolescents. 

    Applications need to be postmarked, emailed, or faxed to no later than April 3 and April 24 respectively. Free transportation to camp and back can be provided if needed.





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