Preparing for College: 10th Grade


Yes, you should have fun this summer. But summer vacation should be more than sleeping in, hanging out with friends, and enjoying the weather. Stay focused on your goal of getting to college.

There are many things to do that will keep you energized and engaged -- and look good on your college application.

  • Contact your guidance counselor about a summer school program if you need extra help in any subject or to get you on track to college.
  • Summer is a great time to volunteer or intern.
  • Work at a part-time job, preferably doing something that interests you or adds to your skills and experience.
  • Take a class at your local community college.
  • Join a summer program such as Upward Bound, a national program that lets students like you spend the summer living and studying on a college campus. A program like this allows you to experience college and puts you on track to college.

Keep challenging yourself. Read books, newspapers, and magazines. Write in a journal. Watch the news or educational programs on PBS or the History Channel. Never stop learning.

Wondering how to find a summer program?

  • Ask your guidance counselors and teachers.
  • Look for posters on bulletin boards at your school, local library, community centers, and other places where summer opportunities for students may be posted.
  • Contact your local YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, United Way and community centers to see what they have to offer.
  • Look online. Do an internet search for "summer programs for high school students in (Enter your town or nearest city)" or "youth programs (enter your town or nearest city)", or "volunteer opportunities for teens (enter your town or nearest city)".

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