Since I still have nearly four weeks of classes left, it’s difficult to believe that summer is quickly approaching for thousands of Madera students. Ask any of these kids what their ideal summer entails, and most would describe days filled with naps, television, trips to the lake, and plenty of time spent with friends.
Of course, I appreciate these types of activities just as much as the next girl. They are the times memories are made; the moments we’ll remember years from now when we’re sitting in our tiny office cubicles doing mind-numbing tasks.
However, as a veteran of the college admissions process, I also remember how important summer experiences can be in the admissions process. While most kids in Madera see summer as a time to have fun (and maybe earn a few extra dollars), overachievers from around the country see the months of June, July, and August as time to build up their resumes.
Many of them will attend summer college programs at prestigious universities all around the nation. Lasting anywhere from three to 12 weeks, these programs give high school juniors and seniors the chance to earn college credit while also gaining a taste of dorm life. They can also cost upwards of $10,000...