Five Activities You Can Do This Summer to Boost Your College Application

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You’ve turned in your last assignments, taken your last final, and bid farewell to the classmates you’ve spent all semester with. This can only mean one thing: summer is here! While it’s the perfect time to unwind and catch up on all the episodes of the latest Netflix crave you missed, summer is also a great time to boost your college application. Here are five activities that will help you stand out from the crowd:

Virtual college visits

One of the best ways to express your interest in a prospective college, and boost your college application, is to visit! While many colleges have temporarily suspended on-campus visits, several institutions are offering virtual tours, including Arizona State University.

Virtual Experience ASU visits are live sessions with ASU enrollment and academic team members held through Zoom. This gives students an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the admission and enrollment process. School visits, even virtual ones, give you a leg up on the competition by knowing exactly what to expect come application season, so be sure to schedule a few this summer!

Learn a second language

We’ve already talked about the top three benefits of learning a second language, so what are you waiting for? Summer is the perfect time to dive deep into a new language, whether it’s Spanish, French, or even German! In fact, ASU Prep Digital is offering world language courses this summer, and Arizona students can enroll at no cost. There are also fun apps you can use, such as Duolingo.

Volunteer your time

Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to your community and show colleges the different causes you’re passionate about. As we continue to battle a global pandemic, there are plenty of ways to safely help the cause, including volunteering at food banks or offering to help make masks to donate. Volunteer Match is a great place to start and will show you available opportunities in your area.

Dive deep into your passion

Colleges like to see that applicants are well-rounded and passionate outside of the classroom, which means taking the time to develop new hobbies and skills. Whether it’s joining a sports team, learning how to code, or picking up an instrument, there are so many ways to explore your passions and show off your talents.

Prepare for the SAT/ACT 

It’s no secret that your  SAT and ACT test scores are vital to your college application, but did you know that scoring well also puts you in the running to earn scholarships? That’s why it’s never too soon to start prepping. There are plenty of resources at your disposal, including practice tests and study guides. And be sure to visit the official ACT and SAT websites for information on testing dates and registration.

 

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Socially Distant Activities to Enjoy This Summer

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As summer gets underway, things might look a little different from last year. Some indoor activities may be closed while others may be limiting capacity in an effort to follow social distancing guidelines. However, there are still plenty of things to do that can be done safely and outside of the house. Take a look at some socially distant activities you can enjoy this summer:

Picnics

Picnics are becoming increasingly popular during this time, and it isn’t hard to see why! They’re a great way to get some fresh air outside, and they’re easy to have while remaining socially distant. Grab a blanket, pack a basket, and head out to a nearby park to enjoy a stress-free afternoon. And don’t forget to check out these safety tips before planning your day.

Backyard camping

If you’re not able to safely travel to a campsite, why not try camping in your backyard? You can easily set up a tent under the stars, grill some food, and end the night with smores and campfire music! The best part is that you’ll be steps from your home, just in case you need a quick bathroom break or extra marshmallows!

Hiking

Hiking is a great physical activity in general, but the fact that you can do it and keep your distance from others makes it the perfect way to spend a summer day. If you’re local to Arizona, consider taking a day trip to the Grand Canyon. Many National Parks are open around the country, and you can use this guide to help you find the closest one to you.

Beach

If you’ve been waiting all year to hit the beach, the good news is that you can still enjoy a dose of vitamin sea this summer! While many beaches are implementing restrictions to help with social distancing, you’ll still want to be cautious when visiting. This article details a few ways to safely enjoy your day in the sun, including avoiding group activities, bringing your own food, and choosing a spot that’s less crowded.

 

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ASU Brings Tuition-Free Summer Session Courses to California High School Students

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ASU Prep Digital, the online high school of Arizona State University, is partnering with BEST Academy to provide tuition-free, online courses over the summer to California students in Riverview, Orange, San Diego and Imperial Counties.

It’s been a challenging time for summer school programs in California, with budget cuts straining student opportunities and leaving families with few options. In four southern California counties, the Brookfield Engineering Science & Technology (BEST) Academy has teamed up with ASU Prep Digital to provide students with free, online high school and college Summer Session courses.

All high school students in the four counties are eligible to enroll in summer session courses and receive high school credits. Incoming 9th-12th grade students with grade point averages 3.0 or higher are eligible to enroll in concurrent college courses and can earn both high school and university credits from ASU.

Students can benefit from summer session courses by pre-registering now to reserve their courses of interest. All registered students will be assigned a teacher and an ASU Learning Success Coach to support their online learning experience. Summer Session classes start on July 1st and courses are available until filled.

To learn more about online Summer Session courses or any of the BEST Academy programs, please visit BEST Academy, email info@bestacademycs.com, or call 833-619-BEST (2378). 

Ways to Keep Your Brain Active This Summer

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Summer break is a great time to reflect on the past school year and recharge for the next one. While your plans probably include plenty of beach days, barbecues, and binge-watching shows on Netflix, you should also find time for activities that will keep your brain stimulated until you resume classes in the fall. And don’t worry—they won’t feel like schoolwork! Here are four ways to make sure your mind stays sharp this summer:

Read

This may sound boring, but the beauty of summer is that you aren’t obligated to pour over textbooks, which means you can read anything you want! Is your favorite TV show or movie based on a book? Have you been meaning to catch up on your favorite comic? Treat yourself to some light, fun reading and keep your mind and imagination active.

Learn an instrument

Did you ever watch School of Rock and wish you could shred on the guitar or lay down some beats on the drums? Playing an instrument has been proven to improve long-term memory and reaction times, as well as change brain structure and function for the better. Check for lessons in your local area or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, teach yourself! There are plenty of online tutorials that will walk you through the basics. If you’re leaning toward guitar, you could even continue your learning with ASU Prep Digital this fall and enroll in our Guitar 1 class.

Write

Don’t worry, we aren’t talking about writing essays, summaries, or book reports. Leisurely writing can be fun and help your mind stay sharp. You can write poems, short stories, or journal entries about your summer adventures! Writing in any form improves cognitive function, increases brain plasticity, and strengthens concentration skills.

Play Board Games

You read that right! Playing board games can have a positive impact on your brain function and development, and the fact that they’re fun is just an added bonus. There are a variety of games, such as chess, Risk, and Clue, that will help boost creativity, enhance logical and critical thinking, and improve long-term memory. Grab your friends and family for a game night and have fun while working out your mind.

 

If you’re looking to expand your mind even further this summer, consider taking a summer class through ASU Prep Digital! The enrollment deadline for our Summer Session 2 is July 2. Learn more about tuition and classes here.