Summertime is right around the corner. So, what are your goals for the summer? Yes, it’s a time to relax and recharge, but think of ways to challenge yourself so you can come back strong next year, whether you are heading off to college, or into your senior year of high school.
As you strive to be a leader and set an example for those around you, it’s important to keep yourself focused. Start by ironing out your goals for summer by following this guide:
Stay sharp. Keeping a sharp mind is imperative and can be done in a number of ways. Choose one, or a few things that appeal the most to you. Reading is a great option, and can be done whether you’re at home or on vacation. Challenge yourself this summer and read about a subject that interests you, but haven’t had the time to learn about due to the school year. You can join a local book club, or read the books on their reading list on your own. Learning a new skill is another way you can broaden your horizons over the summer. Look up area workshops in areas such as art, music, or whatever else interests you. Or, take a moment and sign up to be a mentor or tutor. Assisting others with their academics will help keep your mind sharp and displays great leadership. Whatever the task, keeping your mind active and engaged will make for an easier transition into the next academic year.
Stay in shape. If you’re involved in fall sports, you may already have a summer training guide or team practice schedule planned for the summer. If not, create a workout plan for yourself. You can make it fun and include your friends or fellow teammates to join you. Including others in your workout plan can keep you motivated and accountable. Also consider joining a summer sports league or make plans with a friend or family member to work on an athletic activity together. Whatever the direction, the goal is to keep your endurance up and your muscle memory in tact.
Stay involved. The summer is filled with opportunities to get involved in your local community. Whether it’s volunteering or working, involvement in your community is a great way to display leadership. You can plan to volunteer at an animal shelter, food bank or community event. You can also volunteer to be a tutor or help out at a local summer camp. Research organizations in your area that are looking for summer help and choose something that interests you. You’ll not only have fun giving back, you’ll contribute to society, gain excellent resume building experience, and even possibly find a new career path that interests you.
Whatever your plans are this summer, remember it’s not only a time to unwind, but it’s also a great time for giving back and self-discovery. And remember to have fun. As entrepreneur and philanthropist Felix Sabates once said, “All work and no play is no good for the soul.”
The application deadline is five months away. While there is plenty of time left before October 2, 2013, don’t wait too long to get started. You can view the full program timeline here. Be sure to write these important dates down in your calendar so you don’t miss a thing.
If you haven’t, now is a great time to get started on your Wendy’s High School Heisman application. You can start now, save your work, and keep coming back to your application until it’s complete.
Below are some areas to be thinking about and preparing for so you will be ready when the October deadline rolls around.
Get Organized: An easy place to start is by making a list and collecting information on all the activities and organizations you’ve participated in during your freshman, sophomore and junior year, including:
- Academic and honor societies
- Sports teams
- School organizations and clubs
- Volunteer organizations
You can also start listing out achievements you’ve earned, such as:
- Awards and honors won
- Athletic records set
- Positions held in organizations, clubs or sports teams
Having this information organized in advance will make the application process smoother and not have you scrambling at the end.
Select a Reviewer: If you haven’t already, now may be a good time to start thinking about who you want to review your application. Your reviewer must be a school official like a teacher or guidance counselor. They will be responsible for reviewing your application, confirming its accuracy and submitting your application before the application deadline. Make sure you complete your application in time for your reviewer to review and submit your application before the deadline.
ACT/SAT Exams: If you have taken the ACT or SAT, collect your test dates and scores. If you have multiple tests, choose the test with your highest score. If you haven’t taken either test, be sure to schedule these exams soon. The summer can be a great time to get these done. You can visit the ACT website and the SAT website to view dates and test locations in your state. It may be beneficial to take these tests multiple times to ensure you get your best score. You may also decide to sign up for an ACT or SAT prep class. Ask your guidance counselor to help you find prep classes in your area, or you can research programs online.
Remember, it’s never too early to get started. Another post will be coming out in the next few months with more updates on the application countdown.
If you have any questions about the application process you can email our customer center or call 800-205-6367.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman program was developed to recognize both male and female student athletes who excel both on and off the field and serve as a beacon of inspiration to others. By applying to be part of the next generation of the Wendy’s High School Heisman family, you will benefit in the follow ways:
- National Recognition: Your achievements have taken a lot of hard work and time. At Wendy’s we want to recognize you on the national stage. All winners whether at the school level on up to the national level are published on our website for all family, friends, and peers to see. If you’re one of the our twelve national finalists you’ll be brought out to New York City where your accomplishments will be on full display over national broadcast on ESPN2 during our national awards ceremony. In addition, you’ll get to attend the national collegiate Heisman Trophy presentation where you’ll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with current Heisman Trophy finalists and past winners in attendance. You can see the experience our 2012 National Finalists had by visiting our photo gallery.
- Build Your Resume: Being recognized as a High School Heisman means you’ve excelled as a leader both on and off the field. Receiving such recognition can help open doors and create new opportunities. It’s important to start building your resume for your achievements to be noticed by others whether it’s for college applications or even future employment opportunities.
- Get Rewarded: The first 25,000 applicants we receive whether they’re recognized as a School Winner or not will receive a Wendy’s gift card valued at $10 dollars. As winner’s progress through each stage of our program, they receive increasing amounts with National Winners ultimately receiving $500 in gift cards. Visit our stages and awards page for full details.
- School Support: Through the High School Heisman program you’ll have the potential to leave a lasting impression at your school through monetary support. All national finalists will each have a $2,000 donation given to their high school in their name and the two National Winners will each have $10,000 donated within their name. These donations can go a long way to help improve facilities, assisting teachers with classroom essentials, funding extracurricular activities, or whatever else the schools primary needs require.
- Position of Inspiration: As a Wendy’s High School Heisman your achievements will be on full display. You will be further elevated into a position of influence to continue inspiring the youth within your community and encouraging them to accomplish great things.
So why wait? Start your application today.