Spring Break Isn’t Just for Sun and Sand

Emma Truchan, Sports Editor

   Spring Break is a time for just tha t– a break. A time to sit back by the pool and relax, waiting for the slow-approaching end of school. But the break can also be an opportunity to get ahead on many things that can help you get ready for your collegiate education. So while you’re sitting back and watching Netflix, consider doing some miscellaneous preparations for your college career.

   The week-long break can be a great opportunity to go on college tours. Without missing any school time, you can travel to many institutes, local or out of state, to get a feel for the layout of the school, student life, and the campus culture. Sophomore Emma Podhorsky has visited a multitude of colleges, including Columbia University, Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley. “Being able to witness campus culture and student interaction is huge. After all, you’re going to be living at the school of your choice for four or more years. Campus tours are a great way to get a feel for each college to help you answer the question, ‘Can I see myself going to this school?’” explained Podhorsky. If you’re not quite ready to go on campus tours, this is also a great time to make a list of schools that interest you.

   For juniors, this is an important point in the college timeline, with SATs being offered in the spring season. According to College Board’s website, the test is typically offered in the months of March, May, and June (collegeboard.org). Without the stress of constant homework that’s present when school is in session, this provides a chance to either study or take standardized tests. Or, if you plan on taking your standardized tests later in the year, you can take this time off to prepare for these assessments by studying various material covered in these exams, taking practice tests, or perusing test-prep books.

   Many institutions in San Diego offer internship opportunities to high school students over break to present real-life work experience. According to a website that organizes internships, internship opportunities for high school students are a great way for students to help determine their majors for college and to generally become more knowledgeable about a field that interests them. These trainings are offered for a variety of fields, including business, research,  communications, and many more. Additionally, this kind of specialized experience can impress universities on student applications (internships.com). Spring Break internship opportunities allow students to explore a workplace environment, delve into their interests, and add something to future applications that can set them apart from the crowd.

   This upcoming Spring Break, utilize your time to catch up on some rest and relaxation, but also consider using the break to get a ahead on all the chores necessary for college. Visiting a college campus, taking or studying for standardized tests, or pursuing an internship are only a few ways to be productive during the break. So in between your Spring Break activities, whether it be binge-watching your favorite show or going to the beach, make some time to cross a few items off your college to-do list.