10 things your teen should do this summer instead of work on a tan

June 25, 2010 at 12:15 AM ET

By Katherine Cohen, Ph.D. -- not 1. Take college-level classes.

2. Participate in academic or extracurricular programs that span a month or longer.

3. Travel abroad.

4. Get a summer job or internship.

5. Join a community service organization.

6.Continue training in a favorite sport.

7. Prepare for the next school year.

this IvyWise Book Club website8.Research colleges.

9.Visit college campuses.

10.Prepare for standardized tests.

Katherine Cohen is chief executive officer and founder of IvyWise and