09 Jan Tips to Max Your 2019 Success plus Summer Programs & Resume Tips

Happy New Year!

No matter what your goals, here are some tips you can use NOW to have your best 2019!
1. STOP Procrastinating! This is a seriously TERRIBLE, yet so HUMAN struggle! If you nip it in the bud now when you’re young and your brain is more malleable you are setting yourself up for life-long winning! I have an online masterclass on Procrastination that I will give AIMers free access to if you email me to let me know you want to take it! 45 mins w/ tips and workbook. I promise whatever bad habits you have, you can change them! I am working hard on the online Teen Success Series to coach you on other way to improve your life!
2. JUST DO IT (Early). Get ALL the information you need for your goal and GET GOING. If you are college-bound, let’s face it you will probably need a SAT or ACT score … and you should work to get the highest one possible for YOU so that you can get scholarships and admissions success.
You should prepare.
You should do the tests 2 times – the strategy is: PREP, TEST, PREP again focused on your problem areas. SIT AGAIN. The End.
The next SAT is in March and AIM’s SAT Prep class starts this weekend – email Ms Samuels 8768947115 or admin@aimeduservices.com to grab a spot! 
Do you know what else you need to get COLLEGE READY?
Come to our FREE Open House this Saturday at 11 am or set up your 1-1 Initial Consultation online or in person – paste this into your browser >> www.aimeduservices.com/scheduling >> Select Initial Consultation!
3. FACE IT – YOU are RESPONSIBLE. Look at 2018. Look at your performance – your grades, accomplishments etc. Assess (honestly) your mistakes, weaknesses and regrets. Create a vision for your BEST 2019. SET GOALS. Create a plan NOW. Get help if you need it. What habits do you need to break? What habits do you need to build to realize your goals? What skills do you need to learn or develop? Go and meet with your teacher, or your boss. Hire a coach / consultant. Take a class.
The truth is no one is coming to save you and you must take responsibility (full) for your own success. Another major key life lesson that will help you FOREVER.
4. CREATE A VISIONBOARD.  Using your assessment from #3, create a visionboard representing your ideal life in the core areas (family, health, career, school, spirituality … whatever is most important for you!)
How you spend your summer counts! This summer you should:
a. discover a new interest (coursera.org has GREAT online courses!) OR
b. pursue an existing interest OR
c. sharpen academic skills / experience college campus / do a program (see below) OR
d. do an internship in an area you’re interested in / learn responsibility AND
e. Prep for the SAT or ACT (sit the tests in August (overseas) September or October!))
Here are some summer programs worth exploring:
COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science) – https://cosmos-ucop.ucdavis.edu/app/main
Application Deadline: February 19
COSMOS is an intensive 4-week summer residential program for students completing grades 8-12.Students apply to one of the four University of California’s COSMOS campuses — UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz.
Selection criteria:
Each campus can only accommodate about 160-200 participants, so selection is competitive.
Grades, especially in math and science courses
A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or above. Students must have achieved academic excellence.
Math/science teacher recommendations
Participation in math/science activities
Responses to short-response questions
Michigan State University High School Honors Science/Mathematics/Engineering Program (HSHSP) – http://education.msu.edu/hshsp/
Deadline: March 15,
HSHSP is a seven-week, intensive residential summer research program designed for motivated students to work on a research project under the mentorship of a university researcher.
Tuition: $3,800 (covers room, board, and some instructional costs)
Selection Criteria:
Approximately 24 participants will be selected
Incoming senior (at least 16 years old)
Only US citizens and permanent residents
Scholastic ability, maturity, evidence of interest in science, engineering, or mathematics and completion of specified high school courses in science and mathematics
Student must be in the upper 20 percent of high school classes, and have taken at least 3 years of college preparatory mathematics and 2, or more years of science
Two 400-600 word essays:
Describe the nature and origin of your interests in science and in research, what you hope to learn by participating in the program, and what you feel you can contribute should you be selected as a participant
Describe the impact a book you have read, have had on your thinking or any aspect of your life
Letters of recommendation from at least two high school teachers (at least one science teacher) who know you well. In their letter, they should speak to their knowledge, not only of your aptitude but of your motivation, maturity, and independence.
Students will be required to give a presentation in their high school science class or another appropriate forum, about their research project and program experience upon returning home. Preparation of their project for a local or national science fair also will be encouraged.
MIT Launch – https://mitlaunch.com
Application Deadline: February 15,
MIT Launch is a four-week residential summer program during which students grow their entrepreneurial skills and mindset through designing and launching a real business of their own. This experience connects students to many of the best entrepreneurial networks and leaders across campus for instruction and best practices, engraining them in the MIT culture of Mens et Manus – mind and hand.
Teaching formats include interactive lectures, business simulations, entrepreneur panels, and the actual design and launch of a company. Lecture and simulation topics cover a range of business skills and leadership skills that translate directly into practical application.
Tip: Apply early! “Early admissions candidates are able to find out their admissions status in advance of the regular admissions candidates. Also, applying early allows you to be compared against a smaller pool of candidates with a typically higher yield of acceptance.”
Admit rate: 15-20%
Students in grades 9-12
Candidates who show initiative, action-orientation, coachability, and a fit with our values. We look for students who show to us that they have what it takes to become successful entrepreneurs.
No minimum grade or activity involvement requirements
A video is required in the application! Check out the blog for more tips.
Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) – https://sumac.stanford.edu – SIDE NOTE I did this camp when I was 15!!
Application Deadline: March 11,
SUMaC offers intensive study in advanced mathematics for talented rising high school juniors and seniors. SUMaC accepts from around the world, so international students can apply!
SUMaC offers two courses called Program I and Program II, with unique topics for each course. Students are enrolled in just one program during the summer, and the two programs allow students to potentially return for a second summer.
Program I: Abstract Algebra & Number Theory
Five motivating problems: constructibility in geometry, classification of patterns in two dimensions, error-correcting codes, cryptography, and the analysis of symmetry in structures
Program II: Algebraic Topology
The two programs take place simultaneously from July 12 – August 8, 2015.
The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR)The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR)
Application Deadline: Feb 20,
During this 8-week summer internship program, high school juniors and seniors perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. High school students will gain valuable experience in biological sciences and medicine and understand how scientific research is performed.
Selection Criteria:
Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a green card
Selection process heavily favors local Bay Area students
The program consists of hands-on research under the direct guidance of a one-on-one mentor. Applicants can choose from eight areas of research (institutes):
Cancer Biology
Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
Cardiovascular Biology
Genetics and Genomics
After students are accepted, they are then assigned to a specific institute based on their choices.
To your success!