How to Make Your Summer Count

Summer Break is getting closer and closer as each day goes by and students are extremely happy to see their summer break coming along. It is important for students to take a break, relax and have some fun over the summer, but it is also a great time to do something that will interest you and challenge yourself in order to prepare you for the upcoming school year. A great way for Upward Bound students to make their summer worthwhile is to attend the Summer Program. The Upward Bound Summer 2016 program will be held Monday, May 30 through Friday, July 1 with the optional trip to New York City July 3 through July 8. During the summer program, students are exposed to a wide variety of classes and live in a dorm at Carson Newman University. Typical summer classes include English 10, 11, 12, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Spanish, and French. This year’s trip will be to The Big Apple, New York City. While in New York, we will be visiting The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park and many other interesting sites. We will be doing exciting things like having dinner at the famous Bubba Gump’s and attending the Broadway play The Phantom of the Opera. The Upward Bound Summer Program is a great way for students to make their summer count and it is highly encouraged for them to attend.

If the Upward Bound Summer Program is not for you, then there are still other ways to make your summer count!

  • You can make the most of your summer by getting hands-on experience in the real world, whether through a paid job or an internship. Summer work allows you to develop new skills and looks good on a college application.

  • Volunteering takes away so little of your time, especially in the summer, and it can make a lasting impact in both your own life and those of the ones you helped. Not to mention its effects on your resume and individual connections.

  • Take advantage of the lower student population during the summer and visit colleges that you may be interested in. Even though schools aren’t fully in session over the summer, you can still visit a range of schools to get a feel for what you like best.

  • Everyone should read at least one book over the course of a summer. Not only does reading engage your brain and keep you feeling more awake than idly laying on the couch, but it also allows you to take yourself to another world.

No matter what you may decide to do with your summer, whether it be to take part in the Summer Program or volunteer at the local charity, it will be over before you can blink. While everyone needs some time to do nothing, it’s silly to let the entire summer disappear without doing anything. Have a wonderful summer break while doing things to make your summer count!


Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education & sponsored by Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority Inc.