Parents are often afraid that summer vacation will render their children’s minds into mush. Plus, the indulgence in what can be considered mindless activities, like playing video games, for hours on end is a seeming threat to a kid’s long term college admissions competitiveness. Realistically, most students brains, nor their chances for college admissions, were ever totally ruined from a single summer vacation. However, parents’ concerns point to the consistent tension of relaxing in the now versus moving toward future goals. Since no single combination of experiences guarantees admission to college, parents will be relieved that there is no ONE right way to spend a summer vacation. And as a silver lining, perhaps in learning when and how to rejuvenate, maturing teens can gain a valuable tool that will serve them beyond their college years.
About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy
Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.View all posts by Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy →