Summer is almost here. Well, actually, it’s not even May, but summer is almost here for me: I’ll be done with my junior year of high school next week.
Ah, summer. The time when teens can rest and be free. No homework to turn in, and no tests to take. I propose that teens take advantage of this peaceful season — by wrecking it: Attend a pre-college program.
Many colleges offer summer programs for high school students, where students live at the college for about a month while taking college classes. The students get a taste of what college is like and can earn college credits. If you plan on going to college, attending one of these programs is a good idea: They show colleges that you can handle a college workload. Even more, the college whose program you attend will know that you’re interested; when you apply to colleges, that college is more likely to accept you.
I went to Johns Hopkins’ pre-college program last summer, and I consider the program to have been a great experience. I really mean it. The program was a challenge, but it was an enjoyable challenge. I met new people from many different countries, made friends, tried new things, lived on my own at a new place — it was exciting. What’s more exciting than doing your own laundry?
A week into the program, we went on a field trip to Washington, D.C. As a group of us walked through the city, a student and I had an hour-long discussion on philosophy and the existence of God. Our group ate lunch in Chinatown, and the fortune in my cookie said, “You are pretty.