Again, don’t do anything purely for the sake of impressing colleges. If you would love to attend a challenging robotic summer program, by all means, do so. But don’t feel pressured to start a summer activity that’ll make you miserable.

Colleges are looking for students with real-world experience. There’s no better way to earn that than by getting a summer job. And this summer activity comes with bonuses—a chance to demonstrate your leadership skills in the workplace and, of course, the all-important paycheck.

Don’t just listen to me. Here’s what William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Harvard Admissions, says about summer: “Bring summer back. Summer need not be totally consumed by highly structured programs, such as summer schools, travel programs, or athletic camps… An old-fashioned summer job that provides a contrast to the school year or allows students to meet others of differing backgrounds, ages, and life experiences is often invaluable in providing psychological downtime and a window on future possibilities.