- Do something substantial – playing video games or watching movies or hanging out with friends for days on end might be fun, but won’t help you get into a good college. Choose something that will change your life or someone else’s.
- Follow your heart – God hardwired you in a certain way and your summer should reflect that. Whether you write a book, spend eight hours a day practicing your violin, or build a house for Habitat for Humanity, what matters is that it matters to you.
- Don’t seek to build the resume – instead seek to build your character. Do something challenging. In fact, I recommend finding or creating something difficult enough that you just might fail. If it is easy, you won’t learn much.