Road Map for March: Freshmen

We’re more than halfway through the school year and it’s time to think about summer planning. If you have activities that you usually do in the summer like camp, sports, or family travel, those are great things to continue. If your summers have mostly been unstructured in the past, however, it might be a good idea to be a little bit more thoughtful about how you’re spending your free time. Of course, downtime is very important and you need a real break from school. However, your summer break is a long one and there are a lot of options out there. If there is an interest or hobby that you don’t have enough time for during the year, the summer offers an opportunity to get more focused on it. Or maybe there’s something new you’ve wanted to try. Many students also find that they can start getting paid for babysitting, yard work, etc. once they reach high school even if they’re not quite ready for formal employment.

For students who have a service-learning requirement for graduation, summer is also a really great time to work on that. Colleges like to see students who are committed to their activities, so I recommend spending more time on one volunteer activity over time than cobbling together a lot of different events that are only a few hours each or less.  Students in the Washington, DC area can learn about city-wide volunteer opportunities on April 6 at Volunteer Capitol Hill, so save the date! For additional guidance on summer planning, contact me to schedule a consultation