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Summer Break Activities Can Be Used For College Application Essays

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What I did on my summer vacation.


Every year in school, or so it seemed, I had to write an essay about what I did on my summer vacation.  Many students go to camp or on a family trip, others may seek employment opportunities, some may perform community service, and there are those who just relax and enjoy the season.  Whatever it is that one does, it is a great subject for one’s college application personal statement.  A personal statement is a story about the student that gives the admission’s personnel an inside look at the applicant.  It does not have to be full of four-syllable words or about rebuilding homes in some remote third-world country.  It has to be about the student – with just the right amount of emotion and realism.


There are plenty of tools to help students document their summer experience.  The smartphone has a camera; take lots of “selfies” and sift through them.  There are some great applications, such as ZeeMee, available free of charge, to organize them. Even Microsoft has Notes, a tool that allows the user to take pictures and write some notes about it.  Students may upload pictures into their Virtual Folders in the Coalition Application, if they so choose.  Everyone knows that students are constantly using their smart phones for SnapChat, Instagram, and Facebook, so why not use some of those pictures? It is likely that something the student does during summer vacation will make a good personal statement on the college application. 

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