Summer is here, but are you ready? Don't panic. I am not asking if you have lined up all your tutoring sessions and filled every hour of your day studying. However, if you make no plan, you might miss out on a meaningful summer, and after it is over, you will be hit with the anxiety of the missing opportunities.
Summer plan is not about stuffing the time, but understanding where you are and where you'd like to be (generally) and then developing yourself according to that.Before you frantically search for summer programs, tutoring, or camps. Follow the acronym "DO IT + ?" to help plan your summer
Debrief about what you did and what you learned this past year;
Observe what you find interesting/boring;
Identify areas where you would like to delve deeper;
Try to find programs/projects that can help you learn more in that area.
Lastly, ask yourself: how can I make it fun?
As a student, there are heaps projects you can come up with.
One student might be doing an art project this summer showing the inner emotions of a teenager. Another student might start a tutoring program in their neighborhood, teaching English to younger children. Yet another might sell handmade crafts as a stree vendor. There are loads of things to do and creative learning opportunities a student could have without the restriction of school location, bell schedule, and multi-subject requirements.
After you answer the "DO IT" questions and land on some specific things to do, it will also be good to set a general time table so that you can know how your summer would look like in the bigger picture as well as keeping yourself accountable with follow-through.
At CCIS, high school students are encouraged to make a schedule like some of the following:
Your schedule does not have to look like that with specific times, but it can be helpful when you have an idea of which part of the day certain events will take place: camps, trips, classes, projects, or even rest and hangout times. Setting a chunk of time to read books can be very beneficial for the summer as well. By the way, consider setting some time to stay away from electronicsand be bored, comepletely bored. Who knows if great ideas can pop up from that!
If you were so patient and got to the bottom of this article, then it’s time to turn off your device and get down with real planning.
Remember, summer is around the corner and you can fully make it fun and meaningful!