Q: What are the benefits of staying intellectually active during the summer?
A: “Summer gives students the opportunity to dig deeper in topics that they’re passionate about but also to improve on skills they’ll need for the next school year,” says Jason Habig, director of summer programming at Hathaway Brown School. “We have time to reflect and improve in the summer. During the pace of the school year, you don’t get that luxury — the summer gives you that. We find students are willing to take risks in the summer. It’s safer to fail. You don’t feel the consequences of it. In summer, you try and see if it works. You’re building a toolbox you can go into the school year and say, ‘OK, I can tackle these tough topics because I have all these resources available to me.‘ ”