What can I do this summer to boost my college application? (Besides summer programs/intensives)
If you would like to be a vet, here are some ideas...
1. Find some elementary school kids in your neighborhood, gather them all together, and teach them about your desired field of interest. You can play games relating to something simple like taking care of an animal (have them race around a park to gather symbols referring to food items, water, bedding, etc. to take care of their pet - make it fun!)
2. Conduct your own research on a topic. This is a pretty broad one, but maybe you could do some research about endangered species, develop a research topic, and try to get your findings (they don't have to be super official) posted in a local newspaper?
3. Start a fundraiser to raise money for endangered species affected by climate change. You could go door to door, speak about your cause, and ask for donations. Or, post flyers around your city dedicated to the cause. If you are an artist, create some art, sell it, and donate 100% of the profits to a charity of your choice!
4. Check in your area if there are any internships regarding being a vet - send a lot of cold emails.
5. Pet sitting
6. This is mainly for your time in school, but use the summer to plan to start a veterinary club in your high school - not just for people who want to do the same thing as you, but for all animals. Discuss climate change, how to properly take care of/medically treat an animal, and (if you enjoy science) the science behind a lot of your practice.
This is all I can really think of. Remember, not all your activities have to be directly connected to your career path. Being a vet could also mean having good social skills, so maybe look into debate? chemistry? etc.
Hope this helped!
Hi, thank you for asking your question! I'm guessing that you are looking to boost your college application for better chances into reach and hard target schools. In that case you may want to look into pursuing activities, side projects or summer programs in the field that you plan on majoring in. Nowadays, most selective schools want students who specialize in a field of interest, so that they know you will be well prepared to succeed the second you step on campus. Check out this recorded livestream for more information on getting into Elite Schools, and we have a specific section about what to do to improve your extracurricular profile. Additionally, over blog post search yields some great things to consider based on your geography and area of interest.
You can do volunteer work, or work in general. You can look into jobs, and if you want a summer-only job then you could look into being a camp counselor or junior camp counselor. There are also online classes, either high school or college, it just depends on how much you can take and how much time you want to spend on them. What you could do is during the summer take some required classes and then that way during the school year you can take classes you are interested in and classes where you really need someone to explain things to you. If you aren't afraid of shooting your shoot, you could also email professors, researchers, scientists, doctors, and/or lawyers and ask to shadow them or help them. Let me know if you need more ideas, I could probably think of more. But, otherwise good luck!
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