Getting into a good college seems to be more competitive than ever. This summer thousands of high school students will take college classes, hoping to gain an advantage when it comes time to being admitted. In the summertime, 17-year-old Romy Maloon decided to study art at one of the nation's top art schools. She hopes it will help her get admitted there. "If you have similar credentials to someone else and it's between someone who didn't do some sort of program and someone who did, I think the person who did probably does have the edge," said Maloon. Getting into the nation's best universities has never been more competitive, but will a summer college program help? Assistant Dean of Admission at Emory University Adam Lips said, "I would say it would give them an advantage over someone who did nothing, but I also think doing things like spending time volunteering in the summer, working a job in the summer, I think those are things that can honestly be just as beneficial." But a summer college program has one clear advantage: it's like test driving a new car. It can help kids decide if this really is the college, or the course, for them. "I think it'll even help me decide whether I even want to go to art school, because I think it's a pretty intense program like I think it's really similar to how it would be to be going to this school," said Maloon. In the great race called college admissions, experts say, beyond jobs and volunteer work and summer classes, what still counts most of all are grades. Lips said, "I think it's important to do well in school and then sort of supplement that with things you're interested in and passionate about and to talk about those things in a way that present you as a good fit." "I'm just really excited about it. I think I'm going to meet hopefully really interesting kids and like, just get to do something I really love to do," said Maloon. If you would like more information on summer classes for high school students in our area, visit the following links. http://www.UNCW.edu/pao/index.htm http://cfcc.edu/gateway/
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