Top Summer Activities for High Schoolers


In addition to binge watching all your favorite shows, it’s good to do something productive. You know, something that actually makes you feel like you accomplished something. The best way to do this is to investigate an interest of yours that you didn’t have time to look into during the school year.

Here are some great ways to explore your interests while boosting your resume:

  1. Apply to school-sponsored summer programs, like COSMOS or ATDP. Applications should be open for such programs now, so get a move on! Not only will you be able to explore specific topics, ranging from STEM to business, but you will also expand your network to meet really cool people. Lastly, it is one of the only experiences that allow you to live on a college campus for a couple of weeks.
  2. As a backup for #1, you should consider third-party summer programs. The difference between these and the ones mentioned above is third-party programs are run by a company, not the schools in which the programs are located. Hence, it is paramount to identify which programs are actually dedicated to your learning versus those solely hunting for profit. I personally recommend NSLC for its quality; Summer Discovery is also decent.
  3. If the first two don’t float your boat (or budget), consider volunteer or work experience in an area that interests you. Again, high school is about continuity and experimentation, so achieve both by pursuing your natural interests. Alternatively, you may also take a class at a local community college.
  4. For the extra-motivated, you can also start a special project. This means building something cool, either physical or digital — as long as it pertains to something that is fun and meaningful for you. Some examples include building wind-powered flight or coding a calculator or even creating a beautiful work of art. Just make sure whatever you build can be used to create some form of impact, either on your learning or towards a specific cause.
  5. For the extra privileged, you can also travel 🙂

There is nothing worse than sitting on your couch, wondering when school is going to start again because of how boring summer has become. For other ideas or questions, feel free to reach out to us at hello@readyedgego.


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