Montgomery Educational Consulting Offers Advice on Summer Planning

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While summer used to be seen as a time for relaxation, these days it's important that students do something productive during their summer break. Montgomery Educational Consulting, a college counseling firm, explains what students should consider when making their summer plans.

Summer needs to include more than lounging by the pool, playing video games, and hanging out with your friends.

As stressful as high school can be, many students look forward to their time off during the summer. Yet, for those who plan to apply to selective and highly selective colleges, summer can not be approached simply as an extended vacation. Instead, students need to think about how they can use their summers to build their resume.

"When you've worked hard during the school year, it's tempting to view summer as nothing more than a break," said Sara Zessar, a Senior Associate with Montgomery Educational Consulting. "However, summer needs to include more than lounging by the pool, playing video games, and hanging out with your friends."

When making your summer plans, you should start by asking yourself, "What do I enjoy doing?" Other considerations for summer planning can be found on Montgomery Educational Consulting's website using the link above.

There are plenty of opportunities, and you're likely to find several that meet your needs and interests. Many students feel pressured to attend a program at a prestigious college, thinking it will increase their chances of being accepted to that school or others like it. But that's certainly not the only option; others include volunteering, attending a sports or arts camp, or traveling abroad.

Another possibility, one that students and parents often discount, is getting a summer job. But what better way to demonstrate maturity, responsibility, and committment than through employment? And the extra cash is a nice bonus, whether you intend to use it for spending money or save it for college.

"The most important thing," Ms. Zessar explained, "is to do something productive. It doesn't have to be a flashy, expensive program; it can be as simple as volunteering at the local animal shelter or working at the mall. But you need to do something."

From offices in Colorado and New Jersey, Montgomery Educational Consulting offers comprehensive, personalized educational counseling services to students locally, around the country, and around the world. These college admissions experts guide students every step of the way as they navigate the university search and application process. Then, they help students get admitted to the college that is right for them.

For more information about Montgomery Educational Consulting, call 720.279.7577, or email info(at)greatcollegeadvice(dot)com. Or visit

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