If you’re a strong student, you might be receiving mail from organizations that wish nominate you for a special honor or summer program.
At first glance, these can seem like great opportunities to enhance your college applications. However, you should be aware that not all of them will have the intended effect.
Before you pursue such an opportunity, the College Planning Blog suggests that you evaluate it according to the following criteria:
- You should never have to pay for a credential.
- Admission officers are wary of volunteer experiences that can be bought.
- If you are truly interested in doing community service over the summer—or any time, for that matter—look for opportunities to make a difference in your own community.
- Choose activities that will be truly enriching.
- Be wary of subscribing to special academic programs or camps for high school students on college or university campuses.
Click here to read more about each of these on the College Planning Blog.