As good jobs are getting harder and harder to find, your college-bound students needs to take all possible routes toward getting a solid education. It’s no longer enough to simply go to college; your kids need to excel in the classes they take in order to stand out among the thousands of other graduates vying for the same entry-level position.
So what’s the solution? How about this: instead of letting your kids sit around each summer, get them to actively engage themselves in a summer academic enrichment program that will not only keep their minds sharp, but it will help them build friendships and connections that could lead to a successful career after college is over.
Here’s how going to a summer camp can equal college success.
Social Games, Not Video Games
These days, kids seem to be more interested in sitting in the air conditioning playing the newest edition of Call of Duty or Halo on Xbox than they do spending time outside learning a skill or enjoying a hobby.
At summer camp, your teens will spend time in the air conditioning all right—while they condition their minds with books and university prep exercises. Then they’ll go outside and play games with friends, socialize with new people, and learn how to interact with other humans in person.
Reading, Not Scheming
Idle hands are often the cause of trouble. When youngsters are sitting around all day bored and unsure what to do, they can start to experiment with dangerous behaviors and activities that can threaten their college futures.
Instead of letting your kids go down that path, you can set them up in one of many international academic camps where they will interact with people from across the globe, learning new cultures and forgetting all about how bored they were at home.
Success, Not Failure
Sometimes, our kids have a hard time excelling in school because they lack the confidence it takes to succeed. A good summer camp won’t teach confidence per se; instead, it will teach the skills and methods necessary to get great scores on SAT and ACT tests, college entrance essays and mid terms.
When your student realizes he or she can get good grades with a little bit of effort, then confidence grows almost as fast as their interest in learning new things and becoming active in positive activities like volunteering or leadership positions in clubs and organizations.
And that’s exactly what it takes to land a good job these days.