US universities employ a holistic review process when evaluating applicants. This means that each part of your multi-layered application is important to the admissions committee, including your CV! For students of all ages, summer is an excellent opportunity to explore interests and engage in activities you are passionate about — US universities are particularly curious to see how you spend your time when school isn’t in session! For that reason, it is essential that you identify meaningful opportunities that speak to who you are as an individual. Popular options are US university academic summer programmes, work experience, internships, community service, or study abroad. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start, so we suggest reaching out to our advising team for help. We can assist with researching and applying to different opportunities across the board. While it is definitely nice to unplug for a few weeks over the summer, being active and engaged will go a long way in helping you identify what you interested in and creating a stronger application to US universities!