In addition to attending pre-college summer programs, motivated students should consider completing a passion project. A passion project is a self-directed project that allows high schoolers to challenge themselves, develop new skills, and gain confidence and a greater sense of community.
Because passion projects are designed and completed outside of school, they demonstrate passion, dedication, and the ability to take initiative. Encourage your child to review our Ultimate Guide to Passion Projects for High Schoolers to start brainstorming ideas for their own passion project.
Encouraging your child to complete a passion project is a great way to help them stand out as a college applicant. But remember, a passion project should be planned and executed by your child. In other words, the key to helping your child with a passion project is to be supportive without overstepping.
That said, you can still help your child by assisting them to brainstorm ideas and conduct relevant research. For example, if your child decides they want to write and direct a musical for their community theater, you may want to help build the set, create costumes, or contact local businesses for ad space in the program. Similarly, if your child decides to organize a local fundraising event, you can help them practice their public speaking skills and/or proofread their professional correspondence and emails.
College admissions officers favor applicants who demonstrate passion, dedication, and the ability to take initiative through their extracurricular involvement. Therefore, encouraging your child to pursue a passion project can be a great college application strategy!