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Rita Neumann

How to Have a Successful Summer

Welcome to the best season of the year.


Most of you are already out of school and enjoying summer vacation. It’s the time of year made for sunny outdoor activities, relaxation, adventures, and maybe a tiny little bit of studying/working/SAT prepping/college app planning.

Follow these simple steps to make the most of your summer vacation:

Step 1: Set the mood

Last June, I put together a playlist of the top songs of the summer. So press play, turn up the volume, and let the nostalgia begin.

Step 2: Research ways to have a productive summer

Our bloggers have lots of ideas for you:

  • How to Spend Your Summer Productively
    The words “summer” and “productive” don’t feel right in the same sentence. But if you’re planning to apply to college soon, you might want to consider adding a little bit of work to your summer plans.
  • That Summer Before Senior Year
    Take a campus tour, find a part-time job, prep for the SAT/ACT, volunteer … and give your college application a boost.
  • Four Ways to Prepare for College This Summer
    For all the high school graduates out there, I have some important questions for you: Do you know how to feed yourself? Can you do a load of laundry without turning all your socks pink? Life skills are just as important as academic ones – and you’re about to need a lot more of them!


Step 3: Relax!

Take an amazing nap. Watch a movie about high school or college. Master your college application anxiety with some much needed perspective.

Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or future college freshman – this is your time to have some fun. Enjoy it!

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About Rita Neumann

Rita creates fun, inspiring, and educational resources that introduce students to Magoosh and help them prep for their exams. She earned both her BA and Master of Pacific International Affairs from UC San Diego, where she also studied Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Rita loves education and marketing, just as much as she loves vinyasa yoga and baking chocolate chip cookies.

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