If you’re a parent of a high school student, you’re probably getting a lot of pressure from other families to send your child to some expensive summer camps on prestigious college campuses and load them up with SAT-intensive classes. Umm. You’re probably hearing about how your neighbor’s kid is booked solid with back-to-back camps and programs that cost thousands of dollars. And, you worry that your child won’t be able to compete in the college admissions race.
But, don’t worry that your child isn’t keeping up with the Joneses this summer because colleges aren’t looking for those kind of students. Nope! They might want the parent, but certainly not an entitled child whose parents did the research, paid the exorbitant fees, and forced them to participate.
Instead, keep your kids home this summer and encourage them to do a project. That’s right. By brainstorming about doing something on their own over the summer, they’ll be using their creative parts of their brains and implementing something that they build by themselves. This teaches kids how to innovate – which will make them more confident and capable young people. Isn’t that what every parent wants for their children? We don’t want robots who regurgitate facts or complain about life – we want kids who solve problems by creating solutions.
And, colleges want these innovative thinkers, too! They don’t want students who insist on having study guides for tests because they don’t want to learn anything that will not be on the test. They want students who demonstrate that they can start projects that can solve problems or that they do what they are passionate about.
If you want your middle or high school student to have a life-changing experience this summer, have them do a project! Check out ProjectMERIT for ideas.
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