Summer activities that impress colleges

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"The Neurotic Parent's Guide" talks about the summer conundrum which is that there are all these wonderful programs available that cost $6800 at Oxford and you can study the Classics. Or they are in Fiji and you can go help out in a village, but probably with that same $6800, you could feed the whole village for a year. Unfortunately, those programs are not that impressive to colleges and I believe that the summer is really long. If your son or daughter does have an academic interest or community service interest, do the community service closer to home. Do the academics in two weeks or so, but also get a job. The colleges want to see the kids who have worked a job. They can work at Jamba Juice or flip burgers because colleges want to see have had real life experiences, even though they are offering some of these summer programs.
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JD Rothman, the author of the L.A. Times bestseller The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions, started her popular satirical blog TheNeuroticParent.com while on an eight-state college tour with her older son. She frequently appears on panels with admission officers, and blogs about the insanity of the college process for the Huffington Post. A former instructor of remedial freshman composition, Rothman's day job is as an Emmy-winning children's television writer, producer and lyricist, but she also has a famous blog satirizing the college admissions process, www.theneuroticparent.com. In 2012 the blog morphed into the LA Times Bestseller, "The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions." She grew up in Brooklyn, and resided in several Latin American countries before settling in Santa Monica, where she and her husband live in their emptying nest. She prepared for none of her careers in college.

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