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"And What Did You Do Last Summer?"
Jeannette Webb is founder of Aiming Higher Consultants, a high school planning and college consulting firm dedicated to helping homeschooled students reach their potential and successfully apply to their dream colleges. Learn more at aiminghigherconsultants.com. Jeannette was the (wonderful!) keynote speaker at last year's PHAA High School at Home Conference, sharing her many years of wisdom and perspective.
Photo of Evan Chow, homeschool 2012 grad and student in many PA Homeschoolers AP Online classes-- Evan's family has appreciated working with Jeannette Webb during the college admissions process.... and Evan looks forward to attending Princeton this fall!
This query usually surprises students when it appears during a college interview or on a college application. While it appears to be a fairly trivial inquiry, it is a loaded question. You see, how we spend our time when we have the freedom to make a choice provides great insight. Your answer speaks volumes about who you are and what you value.
It is not my intent to make you nervous about interviews or applications and read more into them than is there, but to underscore the importance of your summer choices. Admissions officers do not have a list of things they expect you to do, rather they are looking to see if you have spent your time well, if you are an interesting person, and if you would make a good contribution to their campus.
What are some good uses of your time during the hot days of summer? Well, it really depends on who you are. It is not necessary that your summer be jam packed (and I heartily suggest that it not be), but you do need to pursue meaningful things. Here are a few hints:
PHAA mentioned in excellent homeschooling article in The Philadelphia Tribune
Michael Robinson wrote an excellent article about homeschooling that appeared on May 11 in the Philadelphia Tribune (Home-Schooling Grows More Popular). Here is what he wrote about PHAA:
The whole article is worth reading. Just click on the link below: