Real Talk

Get Ahead This Summer

You can take steps toward your college goals without sacrificing fun or relaxation.

Take 60 Seconds to Plan Your Summer

Hear what you can do this summer to stand out to college admission reps.

Your Summer Grind


Advice from a College Admissions Rep

Types of Summer Experiences You Should Consider

  • Summer Programs and Courses
  • Internships
  • Jobs
  • Volunteering
  • Personal Projects

How to choose what to do?

  • First, decide what you’re passionate about and what skills you have.
  • Enroll in a summer program, internship, volunteer opportunity, or do a personal project connected to your passion area.
  • If you need to prioritize making money, it’s OK to get a job!
  • Consider taking high school courses or community college courses over the summer to improve your GPA or get ahead academically.
  • If you have any classes you didn’t pass, make it a priority to retake it over the summer.

Real Talk Rewind

Wondering what you should be doing this summer to get ahead? Watch our Summer Grind event to get all the advice our experts shared on the steps you can take toward your college goals while enjoying vacation and prioritizing joy and rest.

Real Talk: Summer Grind Edition