Question: I'm taking a trip to Europe this summer through one of my teachers with other classmates. Can this exposure help in any way with admissions? Or is there anything I can do to make it matter?
College officials are quite accustomed to seeing all sorts of overseas travel on application forms, so you probably won't get any admissions boost from simply taking this summer trip. Moreover, the "Experiencing a New Culture Changed My Life" college essay (or some variation thereof) is common enough to make most admission officials start to snore (or at least roll their eyes).