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Summer Planning for High School Students: Maximize Your Time Off

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Summer break is a well-deserved respite from the rigors of the school year. But for high school students, it can also be an opportunity to gain valuable experiences and build skills that will help you succeed in the future. There is no "perfect" summer opportunity, and the only "wrong answer" to summer planning is to do absolutely nothing. Every high school student can find something to do with their time that will help broaden their horizons, expand their knowledge, give back to the community, or a combination of all of these.

Summer Tips for High School Students:

1. Volunteer: Give back to your community by volunteering your time and skills. Not only will you feel good about making a difference, but you'll also gain valuable experiences and learn new skills.

Share Charlotte is an excellent resource for high school students looking for places to get involved.

2. Get a Job: Summer is a great time to start working and earning money. Not only will you develop essential work skills, but you'll also gain financial independence. Consider being a counselor at the camp you attended as a kid. Enjoy the water and being outside all day - consider being a lifeguard. Love fashion and clothes - check in at your favorite boutique and see if they are hiring.

3. Explore Your Interests: Try new activities and hobbies this summer. You may discover a passion that you never knew you had or gain deeper knowledge in an area you were already passionate about. Check out workshops offered around town or online. You can even consider signing up for a summer program in a different state or different country to learn more about a different place while exploring your talents.

National Geographic Student Travel programs offer a variety of experiences for high school students looking to expand their knowledge and view of the world.

4. Build Your Resume: Consider an internship or job shadow opportunity. These may not be paid but can give you valuable insight into future careers that you may consider pursuing.

5. Enhance Your Academics: Enhancing your academic profile is always a good idea for interested students. You can consider enrolling for a summer class that will show up on your transcript for college (or take an AP class that isn't offered at your school over the summer and take the AP exam for potential college credit). There are plenty of Pre-college programs offered around the country and around the world for students looking to enhance their knowledge in a specific subject (and also potentially get college credit). Students who attend pre-college programs can get insight into a specific college campus, and meet friends from all over the world as well as expanding their knowledge.

Always remember - it is summer, and there needs to be downtime. You work hard during the school year, so remember to save time for:

Travel: Summer is a great time to travel and see the world. Whether you travel domestically or internationally, you'll gain exposure to new cultures and perspectives that will broaden your horizons.

Staying active: Physical activity is important for your physical and mental health. Consider playing sports, hiking, or simply going for a daily walk to stay active this summer.

Spend time with friends and family: Summer is a great time to catch up with friends and family. Whether you plan a trip or simply spend time together at home, these relationships are important for your well-being and happiness.


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