Woohoo! You’re a high school graduate!  You’re probably going through mixed emotions, with high school hangover, and being faced with a decision of choosing the right college. While summer is a great time to recharge, it is also a good time to do several other things. But, whatever you do, don’t stay at home, because you won’t get much chance to do a lot of things once college begins.

We also don’t want you to feel like you haven’t made good use of your summer, so, we’ve compiled a list of unique things, some serious, some fun, so that you don’t feel like you lost out on important time.

Here are 4 interesting things you can do this summer:

Pick a Summer programme

If you want to expand your learning outside the classroom, you can join a summer programme. There are several summer programmes offered by colleges these days. This is a great way to gain additional knowledge and get some professional experience. One such programme is actually offered by OP Jindal Global University. The Vice Chancellor, summer before collegeProfessor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar is quite excited about it, “The Aspire India Scholars Programme (AISP), Jindal Global Summer School (JGSS) aims at providing mentorship to students, where they get exposure to interdisciplinary curriculum and prepares them for highly competitive admission process for higher education, nationally and globally. The Aspire India Ambassadors will address our summer school students and share their challenges of transition from high school to higher education.” 

Travel & Reflect

This is an opportunity that you must take, all that you read in your textbooks so far, you can now experience.  The foreign language that you learnt in school can be put to use. Whether it is within your country or abroad, travelling is a great way to rejuvenate and yet experience life through a different lens. Of course, a decision like this would require some planning, from home stays to group treks, the options are many. In fact, Cox and Kings has come up with an educational tour especially for students, so you can explore your favorite destination this summer.

The Internship experience

Interning at an organization is a great way to gain experience and learn about the career you are interested in.  As a high school student, you might not earn money, but that’s ok. The skills that you will develop during the process will help you in the long run.  Alongside, you will learn how the corporate world works and who knows, you might just find your calling! There are many organizations that actively post internship requirements on their websites. One such website is Internshala, a portal dedicated toward intern hiring.

Volunteer for a good cause

There are many volunteer programs that can take you around the world which does not summer before collegerequire you to spend money. In fact, you can also look up a few causes that you can work for in your own city. This is your chance to give back to the community, by volunteering at communities and NGOs; you will be contributing to not just the growth and improvement of people and their lives, but also the world.

If you’re looking for places where you can volunteer and earn some money about in the process.

Volunteering India is a platform that offers just this. They are running a summer volunteer programme which is active not just during summer, but also during other months. So you’ve got your travel, internship and volunteering, all covered under one umbrella.

Of course, there is a lot more you can do during the summer break. When you are planning your summer activity, remember to take the time to research well. Colleges like it when students involve themselves in doing things which they are passionate about and interested in. The bottom line is, you should use your summer in building skills and taking part in things that add value.

Aspire India Scholars Programme

Visit Intershala

Volunteering India