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Are summer programs at colleges worth the time and money?

I've been looking into pre-college summer programs at universities like NYU and Georgetown. While they look interesting and potentially valuable, they can be expensive. Are these programs worth the investment, and will they give me an edge in the college application process?

9 months ago

I fully understand your concern regarding the value of pre-college summer programs, as they can be quite an investment. From my experience with my child, these programs can be beneficial in several ways but also have their downsides.

On the positive side, they provide a unique opportunity for high school students to gain exposure to college life, interact with their peers from diverse backgrounds, and discover potential areas of interest. Additionally, they can help students build confidence and demonstrate their commitment to academic excellence. Some colleges may see your participation in these programs as a positive factor in your application, but it will certainly not be the only factor considered.

However, the investment in terms of time and money can be significant. There are alternative ways to demonstrate your interests and ability on your college application through extracurricular activities, internships, or volunteering. It ultimately comes down to your personal preference and financial situation. You should weigh the advantages against the costs and choose what works best for you and your goals.

9 months ago

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