With such a small amount of the school year left, every kid is fantasizing over the idea of Summer break. Why is Summer so important for teens? Relaxation, no school, and seemingly endless free time are all parts of Summer that make it so great. Summer gives teens the perfect amount of rest and relaxation to start up school again in the fall feeling refreshed and ready to learn.
Summer is an escape from all the hard work and complications of normal school life. It allows us to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the social aspects of life. Whether it going out with friends, going to the beach, or having a party, Summer is a great time to just have fun. Summer allows kids to spend time outside of the school environment and learn things more naturally. Spending time with friends should be just as valued as learning in a classroom. Life lessons and natural experience is learned through having Summer. When I was younger, I would spend a lot of time outside with my dad and my brothers during the Summer. We would explore the forest together and just have fun looking at the world. I have learned a lot of life lessons and social lessons from spending time with friends in the Summer. That type of experience can't really happen in any formal classroom environment. Summer allows the growth of emotional skills and problem solving abilities. Summer is a 3 month period that lets teenagers just live life without any of the stress that comes along with constant homework assignments or projects.
When I was 10 years old my family and I went on a trip to Newport, Rhode Island during Summer vacation. We normally couldn't pull off such a trip because we didn’t have the time, but since it was Summer the whole family could get together. On the trip, I spent some of the longest time I have ever spent with my whole family. We normally spent time together, but we were all usually busy or the whole family wasn’t together. I had a lot of great times just being with my family and spending time with them. Without these experiences, my life would be a lot bleaker. These fond memories I have define me as who I am today. To me Summer is as important as school is because it gives you the time to gain important life experiences.
Another important part of Summer is the rest and relaxation for teenagers. School is extremely stressful. Homework, peer pressure, and cliques are all parts of teenagers lives. Summer gives a break from these things and just lets teenagers enjoy living stress-free. Summer lets teenager's minds rest and become refreshed. Without Summer, much of the information being taught would just go right through them because they would have no time to refresh themselves. Constant schooling would overstress students and they would not be able to retain information as easily. If there was no Summer teens would become to overstressed and start failing school. Summer break gives a perfect amount of time for teenagers to get enough rest to start school back up again in the Spring with a refreshed and open mind.
Summer is so important because it lets teenagers take a break from their everyday school life and just enjoy life. Relaxing and spending time with friends are just as important as spending time in the class room. With Summer on the way, teenagers will enjoy their free time and have fun before the new school year starts again.
Are you applying to competitive summer programs? If you’re in tenth or eleventh grade, it’s worth considering. There are lots of great summer programs--many of them offer scholarships for low-income students--and they can help your college search in several different ways:
- Help you learn more about possible careers
- Expose you to college-level work and research
- Visit colleges and learn how to manage college life
Here’s a great list of summer programs, updated regularly by college counselors, and for more pre-college summer opportunities visit Teen Life.
And here’s how to get noticed and get into the most selective programs:
- Make sure you’re a good fit: Do you have the prerequisites for the program? Will you have fun, or will you be in over your head? Some summer programs are geared specifically for high school students; others are at college level--what are you looking for?
- Send in everything on time: Some programs require your transcript or a letter of recommendation from a teacher. So get organized well before the deadlines, so you have plenty of time to do your best work.
- Use the essay(s) to show what makes you different from other students: Imagine that most of the applicants have similar grades and test scores. What makes you different from other students who look the same on paper?
How exactly does the essay work? Great personal essays have three characteristics: they reveal your unique perspective; strong writing; and an authentic voice.
- Start by making a list of moments when you changed, grew or made a difference.
- Write them down and break each Defining Moment into smaller moments--the first time you were cast in a lead role you practiced, you auditioned, you tripped on stage and got back up, you cheered on your best friend, you went to callbacks...and finally...
- Tell your story out loud to activate your memory and creativity and record it
- Transcribe the story you told out loud and use that as your first draft.
You can follow these steps and edit your essay draft with the Story2 EssayBuilder™. It’s simple, fun, and great practice for your college apps!