20 Summer Vacation Ideas for High School Students

Making the most of Your Summer Vacation

Ah summer vacation; that magical time of the year when you can set aside all the deadlines and demands of the school year. Finally, you get to kick back and relax. You worked hard all year long, you deserve a break from the routine. So what are you going to do with all your newfound free time?

I’d like to make a few suggestions.

  1. Get a Job
  2. Do an Internship
  3. Job Shadow Different People
  4. Volunteer
  5. Go on a Missions Trip
  6. Start a Blog
  7. Start a Business
  8. Participate in a University Program
  9. Learn a New Skill
  10. Read –A Lot
  11. Sports
  12. Computer Courses
  13. Online Education
  14. Clubs
  15. Hobbies
  16. National Programs
  17. Take an SAT Prep Course
  18. Community Service
  19. Summer Camp
  20. Take Lessons


There are a thousand great things you could be doing this summer to ensure you have a meaningful and worthwhile summer vacation; but, you can’t do it all. My recommendation to you is that you focus. Pursue only those things that align with your passions and talents. College admission officers want to see a theme not a hodgepodge of activities. Think laser beam, not shot gun. They want to be able to look at your transcript, extracurricular activities, and summer vacations and get a very clear picture of who you are and what you are all about.

So what are you doing this summer? Have any plans? If you do, share them here. I’d love to hear from you.

Have a great summer vacation!

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7 thoughts on “20 Summer Vacation Ideas for High School Students

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  2. You are like the guidance counselor I never had in high school. This post is relevant for college students as well!

    • Thanks! And yes, they are very relevant for college students as well… so how about you? How are you spending this summer? Anymore travel plans?

      • I got a job at the UCI library as a Special Collections and Archives Assistant, and will interview for two journalism internships (with the goal of getting one). Besides that, I’m going to spend my weekends exploring Orange County with friends. (Take advantage of it now in case I move next year). Travel? Hmm annual backpacking trip in September I hope. 🙂
        Tell me your summer plans. Will you take time off to travel?


  3. Deidre M. Simpson says:

    This is a worthy list, Jared. I’m glad you consider constructive uses of free time for students. They may not see that they possess the ability to painlessly work, play, and study. Thank you for pinpointing it.

  4. Absolutely Deidre. Work, play, and study can all be very painless, especially if you are doing something you are passionate about. Same principle applies in the workforce after high school and college. If you can find a career you love, you won’t really be able to tell the difference between when you’re working and playing.

    That’s the goal anyway.

  5. ryin19 says:

    Reblogged this on thesattree and commented:
    For those of you just watching Netflix and Hulu… Yes, you over there!

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