While summers are a great time to relax and recharge, they also present an excellent opportunity for students to get work experience, engage in activities they like and up their chances of getting into their dream universities.

Read on to find out 8 simple ideas that you, as a high school student, can follow to increase your productivity this summer.

1. Sign Up for Extra Courses and Programmes

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Many colleges offer several interesting courses and summer programmes varying in different subjects.

Taking part in the same not only looks good on your portfolios but also expands your knowledge in a variety of areas.

Moreover, they might also help in finding your field of interest.

Here are a few courses that might catch your attention:

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2. Summer Internships

Internships are an excellent way of getting workplace experience, instilling work ethics and boosting your confidence.

Being an intern, you can experience first-hand what it is like to work in a company while also knowingly or unknowingly develop certain new skills that can come in handy such as multitasking, improved memory and many more!

Here are a few internships that might interest you:

For information on more internships, click here.

3. Preparation for SATs and IELTS

For students who wish to go abroad for their higher education, clearing SATs and IELTS are a major requirement to get admissions.

While with proper tuitions one can crack these exams, it’s never too early to start preparing.

You can use this summer to get an idea of what it is about, the topics it covers and start preparing.


4. Start Working on College Applications

Applying to universities is a lot of work and starting early will only help you plan better, giving you ample time to fulfil the criteria of your selected course.

If you’re not sure on where you want to apply, this is the right time to start thinking.

  • Decide on your field of interest and a profession of your preference.
  • Search for suitable universities.
  • Find a course that appeals to you and start applying.

Keep in mind to check the criteria of the courses you’re interested in.

Happy searching!

5. Develop A New Skill and Pursue A Hobby

Summers are a perfect opportunity to learn several new skills. Not only do they look good on your resumes, they also give you a chance to further develop your personality.

Some skills you can look to enhance are:

  • Dancing
  • Writing
  • Cooking
  • Sketching and Painting
  • Photography and Film Making
  • Learning a new language
  • Joining a sports team

Take advantage of this lockdown period, pursue your hobbies, master them and show them off to your friends!

6. Social Work

A great way to spend your summers is by engaging in various types of social work. It is yet another activity that comes under the ‘not only looks good on your portfolios but also…’

Social work can prove to be spiritually fulfilling and help enhance certain skills such as empathy, respect etc.

Following are some forms of social work you can engage in:

  • Tutoring younger students
  • Volunteering at nearby NGOs, animal shelters and soup kitchens
  • Donating books, clothes and edibles to the people in need
  • Running errands for the elderly

7. Ensure Adequate Amount of Physical Activity

We are all aware of the fact that physical activities are very important to ensure a healthy life, even more now in this time. A good immunity is essential to survive this pandemic.

Ensure to engage in a fair amount of exercise to continue to remain healthy.

Some activities you can follow while remaining at home are:

  • Skipping
  • Dancing
  • Jogging
  • Yoga
  • Helping in the daily household chores

8. Relax and Enjoy

It is rightly said, “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.”

While planning your future and staying healthy is important, it is equally necessary to take a break and enjoy these vacations.

Be sure to spend some time with your family, friends and loved ones.

Call up your friends, play some night games with your family such as charades, cards etc.

You can also make plans for any future travels.

Remember to enjoy!

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Follow the tips in this blog to ensure a productive summer and to make the most out of your lockdown period. Happy Summers!

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