Making Summer Break Count


How can college-bound high school students use their summer break to their advantage?

Stowe High School (VT) counselor and NACAC member Patricia Tomashot recently offered some advice in The Stowe Reporter.

Students should consider “internships, volunteer work, a part-time job (or better yet, start a business), summer classes at a local college, making college connections, create a positive online presence (blog, LinkedIn, ZeeMee) or even camping.”

Experiences gained over summer break can make for compelling college application essays, she noted. And summer break is the perfect time for students to begin writing or brainstorming these essays and working on the Common App, Tomashot told the weekly newspaper.

Read more about how her students are taking this advice to heart.

Ashley Dobson is NACAC’s communications manager for content and social media. You can reach her at