Improving During the Summer

Every high school student can’t wait until the end of the school year and the start of the summer break.  It means time off from studying and homework and not being held to a rigorous schedule.

However, high school students should stay busy during the summer, and even maintain some type of consistent routine.  This will help the student continue his or her maturation and help set up an even better 2016-17 school year.  The structure can also help the student indirectly if he or she is an athlete.  An article on nflplayerengagement.com written by NFL Continuing Education Tom Kowalski, lists activities that parents should encourage their athletes to engage in during the summer:

READ

Kowalski calls this “The most important strategy to maintain during the summer.”  He recommends this for athletes who don’t read books on a regular basis: Read about the sport’s history or about a favorite athlete. He states the goal for all high school students should be to read at least six books during the summer to avoid lowering their reading skill level. 

PREPARE

Obviously, athletes can attend summer camps to receive greater instruction and further their game.  But  Kowalski also feels that athletes should consider going to a different type of camp—music camp, acting camp, etc.  “Not only will it help you improve your craft [outside of sports], you will also reap the benefits of having a schedule which will help you be more productive,” he says.

LEARN

“Learning new things, especially in subjects that you are interested in, can be fun,” Kowalski writes. Taking a summer class to learn something new is always an option, but an athlete can also take lessons to play a musical instrument, or take a shot at writing short stories.  “There has always been symmetry between arts and smarts,” he said. 

WORK

Finding a job can does more than put money in a student’s pocket, it also helps teach time management and financial management; plus the job may give the student insight on possible future careers. Internships also are a options for test a field of interest, and sometimes the internship counts for school credit. 

VOLUNTEER

“Find a cause and support it, whether it is through your church, a local charity, or even at the local pet shelter,” Kowalski recommends. “Help others succeed through your passion; you will feel better yourself for doing so. Volunteering also looks great on a college or professional resume.”

So while summer represents a pause from the regimen of classes, continual studying and going from class to class, it is also an important to pursue and explore interests, try new things and expand your talents.  For a high school athlete, these experiences can also make a different on the playing field.

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