No matter what a student’s interests, reading will fill in the gaps, expand their vocabulary, and perhaps even help with the navigation of the middle years of school, when their emotions are on a perpetual rollercoaster. Now is a good time to set family goals around summer reading, so check out College Coach’s top 11 tips for getting your child reading this summer on the Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
“So, what have you been reading this summer that has been interesting?” I ask the unsuspecting 12 year old nephew sitting in the passenger seat of my mini-van. I often start sentences with, “I just read an article that said…” and my kids start to roll their pre-teen eyes. But in the mini-van, my nephew has entered my lair and my younger children perk up from the back seat waiting for his answer. No matter who gets in my car this summer, what that person is reading (or wants to read) is very likely going to be one of the major points of conversation. Over the years, I have found that it works especially well with middle school children to get the conversation going.
There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. In this week’s School Spotlight, we check out the University of California, Santa Barbara. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the University of California, Santa Barbara is home to a diverse population of 21,500 undergraduates. Forty percent of freshmen are the first in their families to attend a four-year college, while over 60 percent of undergraduates identify as students of color. With strong programs in engineering and the life sciences, it’s no wonder that more than half of undergraduates conduct research during their time at UCSB. But research here crosses all disciplines. Through the Faculty Research Assistance Program, students are connected to professors in fields—such as political science, theatre, and statistics—to help conduct original research on everything from the effects of skin color in politics to the modeling of complex financial systems. It’s nearly impossible not to take advantage of UCSB’s amazing location. Recreational sports options include kayaking and scuba diving in the Channel Islands, as well as learning the art of canyoneering and rappelling through some local waterfalls. Looking at the University’s events calendar, you’d be impressed by the roster of past and future guests. This spring, students had the opportunity to attend performances by David Sedaris and Alan Cumming, as well as lectures by Michael Pollan and Yo Yo Ma.