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Alternate Spring Break: 3 Other Things to Do


Getting out of your comfort zone over spring break is a great way to recharge in the middle of the semester. However, when you hear the phrase “Spring Break”, the stereotypical image of a beach party is definitely not for everyone. If that option isn’t for you, there are plenty of other alternative options for students who still want to enjoy their spring break, but have it tailored a bit more to their unique personalities. No matter the scale, everyone needs some way to make the most of their break!

Service: Many students spend break giving back to communities, both locally and abroad. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in your local community with charity, which can be a rewarding experience and also less of a time commitment while you're not in school. The program Habitat for Humanity, for example, is one of the most well-known organizations through which students can volunteer by helping to build houses over break. Habitat has locations across the United States and abroad; an opportunity sure to make a lasting impact on you and those you will help.

Excursions: If students want to spend break abroad, there are lots of organizations that are designed to bring together like-minded individuals for an incredible experience. There are programs that focus on language immersion, traveling, and various volunteer opportunities. Additionally, these programs are located in a variety of places, like Africa, South America, or Indonesia. Whether you want to help children learn or volunteer at a hospital or assist with natural disaster relief, there is no shortage of incredible opportunities out there.

Academic: If you're the type that would rather not waste a second of possible learning time, an academically-focused spring break might be best for you. Many colleges and universities offer on-campus opportunities during these breaks for students to further their knowledge in many arenas. Whether you're interested in STEM, the arts, or perhaps learning foundational skills like cooking or personal finance, check into what boot camps are being offered across the country to help you grow academically. 

Not only are these options great ways to help yourself grow or assist communities in need, they are also opportunities to make lasting friendships and to discover valuable lessons about life along the way.  Yours will definitely be a unforgettable break! With plenty of unique experiences and ways to spend your spring break, make the most out of it!


Congratulations! You’re Accepted! 

JBG Students have gone all over the world and across the United States for college. Their varied experiences have landed them in hundreds of highly esteemed institutions. We’ve included a list below as a sampling of these achievements and a fraction of the happy successes we have championed:

McGill University                  Canada         
St. Andrew's University         Scotland
Oxford University                  England
University of Edinburgh         Scotland
In the US:               
University of Alabama    Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Arizona      Tucson, AZ
Chapman University       Orange, CA
Harvey Mudd College     Claremont, CA
Loyola Marymount         Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College          Los Angeles, CA
Pitzer College                 Claremont, CA
Pomona College               Claremont, CA
Santa Clara University    Santa Clara, CA
Stanford University         Stanford, CA
UC, Berkeley                 Berkeley, CA
UC, Davis                      Davis, CA
UCLA                             Los Angeles, CA
University of San Diego  San Diego, CA
USC                               Los Angeles, CA   The Colorado College        Lakewood, CO
University of Colorado,       Boulder, CO
University of Denver         Denver, CO       
Connecticut College          New London, CT
Fairfield University          Fairfield, CT
Quinnipiac University       Hamden, CT
Sacred Heart University    Fairfield, CT
Trinity College                   Hartford, CT
University of Connecticut       Storrs, CT
University of Hartford     West Hartford, CT
Wesleyan University          Middletown, CT
Yale University                New Haven, CT    University of Delaware       Newark, DE
American University          DC
Georgetown University      DC
George Washington University         DC  
Rollins College               Winter Park, FL
University of Florida       Gainesville, FL
University of Miami        Coral Gables, FL
University of Tampa       Tampa, FL
Emory University             Atlanta, GA  
Northwestern University       Evanston, IL
University of Chicago        Chicago, IL
Indiana University            Bloomington, IN
University of Notre Dame   Notre Dame, IN Tulane University            New Orleans, LA Bates College                 Lewiston, ME
Bowdoin College              Brunswick, ME
Colby College               Waterville, ME       John Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
Loyola Maryland            Baltimore, MD
University of Maryland  College Park, MD

Assumption College        Worcester, MA

Babson College               Wellesley, MA

Bentley College              Waltham, MA

Boston College               Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston University            Boston, MA

Brandeis University         Waltham, MA

College of the Holy Cross    Worcester, MA

Emerson College              Boston, MA

Endicott College               Beverly, MA

Harvard University          Cambridge, MA

MIT                                 Cambridge, MA

Merrimack College        North Andover, MA



Northeastern University     Boston, MA
Regis College                   Weston, MA
Simmons College             Boston, MA
Smith College                 Northampton, MA
Stonehill College              Easton, MA
Tufts University                Medford, MA
UMass Amherst                Amherst, MA
Wellesley College            Wellesley, MA
Wentworth Institute             Boston, MA
Westfield State University     Westfield, MA
Wheaton College                 Norton, MA   
Michigan State University  East Lansing, MI
University of Michigan   Ann Arbor, MI        Washington University      St. Louis, MO
Dartmouth College          Hanover, NH
Saint Anselm College      Manchester, NH
University of New Hampshire   Durham, NH  Princeton University       Princeton, NJ  Barnard College             New York, NY
Colgate University           Hamilton, NY
Cornell University            Ithaca, NY
Fordham University        New York, NY
Ithaca College                Ithaca, NY
New York University       New York, NY
Skidmore College      Saratoga Springs, NY
Syracuse University        Syracuse, NY
Union College                Schenectady, NY
University of Rochester Rochester, NY
Davidson College             Davidson, NC
Duke University              Durham, NC
Elon University                 Elon, NC
High Point University      High Point, NC
WakeForest University Winston-Salem, NC 
Case Western University       Cleveland, OH
The Ohio State University    Columbus, OH 
Bucknell University         Lewisburg, PA
Carnegie Mellon University   Pittsburgh, PA
Dickinson College            Carlisle, PA
Drexel University             Philadelphia, PA
Lafayette College             Easton, PA
Lehigh University             Bethlehem, PA
Muhlenberg College       Allentown, PA
Penn State                 State College, PA
UPenn                          Philadelphia, PA
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
Villanova University        Villanova, PA     
Brown University             Providence, RI
Bryant University             Smithfield, RI
Providence College         Providence, RI
Roger Williams University     Bristol, RI
University of Rhode Island    Kingston, RI
The Citadel                    Charleston, SC
Clemson University         Clemson, SC
College of Charleston     Charleston, SC 
University of Texas          Austin, TX
Southern Methodist University  Dallas, TX   University of Utah         Salt Lake City, UT
Middlebury College        Middlebury, VT
Saint Michael's College  Colchester, VT
University of Vermont    Burlington, VT
William and Mary        Williamsburg, VA
James Madison             Harrisonburg, VA
University of Richmond Richmond, VA
University of Virginia     Charlottesville, VA  University of Wisconsin          Madison, WI


Get the Inside Scoop

Bergan Licht
UMASS Amherst, Freshman

After following in her older siblings footsteps and working with JBG, Bergan graduated Needham High School and now studies at the University of Massachusetts where she is a Freshman.  

What is your major?

Finance with a concentration in corporate finance 


What did you learn in your first year at college?

College is an opportunity to prove yourself in a new light. 


What has been the best part about your college experience?

The best part of my college experience so far has been developing my maturity, intelligence, and independence.  


Did anything about the college experience surprise you?

Yes! I was surprised to find out there's more to learn about schools, classes, and people in person than just what you can find through researching.  


What advice would you give seniors going into college?

No matter what school you end up going to, go in with a positive attitude and act like you belong there. Even if it is not your dream school, it can turn into everything yu dreamed of and more. 


What do you wish you knew as a HS junior regarding the college process?

What you have done up until now doesn't define your future. The name on your degree will only take you so far. It's about what step you take to get involved, be present, and actively shape your future. 

Katie Kraemer
Colgate University, Senior

Hailing from Needham, MA, Katie found out about JBG through a close friend who had previously used our college counseling services. Now, Katie is interning for JBG as she explores the inner workings of a business and shadows our founder, Dr. Jamie Rodriguez, for further knowledge in psychology. 

What is your major?

I study human psychology with an emphasis on mental health. 

What did you learn in your first year at college?
The biggest thing I had to learn in my first year was better time management skills. The college assignments and class structure are so different than high school, so it was very important for me to learn how to juggle the new responsibility of long-term projects. 

Did anything about the college experience surprise you?

I was surprised by the amount of free time I had in college compared to high school, especially as a freshman. It was a great opportunity to join new clubs and meet new people. 


What advice would you give seniors going into college?
Go to office hours and meet your professors. Not only will it help you learn the material, but it will also hellp build a connection with your professor on a personal level. In college, teachers will not chase you down if you are struggling, so it is important to take that iniative. 

What do you wish you knew as a HS junior?

Everything about the college process seems overwhelming as a junior when you have to maintain your grades/activities, tour colleges, and improve your standardized test scores. I wish I wasn't so hard on myself if things didn't work out how I planned or imagined. I ended up attending a school I didn't think I would, but now I couldn't be happier. 

JBG is offering proctored practice tests for ACT & SAT at our office on: March 21st, April 11th, May 30th and August 8th.

If your student is interested in taking one, please contact us

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