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A Guide for COVID-19 Summer Planning (For Teens)

A Guide for COVID-19 Summer Planning (For Teens) 1200 468 Lloyd Nimetz

High school students around the world are scrambling to figure out what to do this summer due to the Pandora’s box of programmatic changes and uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic . This article is meant to provide some clarity and guidance amidst the chaos.

Make The Most Of Your Summer Break: Part 2

Make The Most Of Your Summer Break: Part 2 800 412 Lloyd Nimetz

During summer break don’t fall into the common trap of thinking that it’s enough to just have packed schedule with great programs, internships, summer classes, test prep programs, traveling and/or itineraries. It is still important to do your own strategic planning if you want to make the most of your time.

Make The Most Of Your Summer Break: Part 1 (9 Things to Do)

Make The Most Of Your Summer Break: Part 1 (9 Things to Do) 800 485 Lloyd Nimetz

The summer presents a unique opportunity because of how much time is available. Make the most of this opportunity and spend it doing something that will really help you in the future.

Last-Minute Summer Plans to Help You Make the Most of Your Summer

Last-Minute Summer Plans to Help You Make the Most of Your Summer 1280 608 Theo Wolf

Summer is the perfect time of year for internships, vacations, or academic summer programs. If you’re running out of time to make those plans, don’t worry — it’s not too late to have an amazing, productive summer.

The Write Way to Improve your Writing in 9–11th Grade

The Write Way to Improve your Writing in 9–11th Grade 1280 742 Theo Wolf

Writing is one of the most important skills for college applications, college courses, and life in general. Yet high schoolers don’t spend nearly enough time developing it. In this post we outline what you can do to start developing this skill sooner rather than later.

How to Win at Winter Break

How to Win at Winter Break 1280 672 Theo Wolf

After a tough semester, it’s tempting to want to spend winter break sitting around doing nothing. Since free time is rare in high school, this is a totally understandable feeling. However, winter break is a fantastic opportunity to get things done that you wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to.

“It’s a Trap!” — Five clubs to avoid in high school (unless you really, really love them)

“It’s a Trap!” — Five clubs to avoid in high school (unless you really, really love them) 1280 384 Theo Wolf

We are frequently asked about the pros and cons of various clubs and activities, so we’ve summed up our general insights about some of the clubs that are time “traps” because they don’t help nearly as much as people think.

The Case For Spike Coaching

The Case For Spike Coaching 800 524 Lloyd Nimetz

A Spike is a unique and impressive achievement that showcases your passion and helps you stand out to college admissions. But why does The Spike Lab’s college counseling program focus so heavily on Spike coaching when other college counselors don’t? Learn about why we believe so strongly in having an amazing Spike and why it’s worth the time and investment.

How To Pick Your Spike

How To Pick Your Spike 800 272 Larry Liu

Not all achievements are impressive, and some Spikes are better than others. The question then becomes: “what makes something impressive to U.S. colleges?” In this post, we’ll give you a glimpse into our own coaching process, and the questions we have students answer in order to determine if their Spike is worth pursuing.

What’s Your Passion?

What’s Your Passion? 800 605 Larry Liu

When it comes to developing a deep achievement Spike, passion is an essential ingredient. But for most students, discovering passion is no easy task. Like most students, you probably have too many interests and even deciding on a place to start is a challenge.

Crafting Your Candidacy Story

Crafting Your Candidacy Story 800 466 Lloyd Nimetz

In early high school, you shouldn’t be writing your college application yet, but it is important to have a clear story. At The Spike Lab, we think about your story as the north star that guides and aligns all of your activities, classes, etc during high school. Check out this article to learn about what makes a good story.