Summer break is starting or about to start for thousands of Northern California teenagers. That means it's time to start figuring out how high school kids will spend their summer. Families often use the summer break to get an edge on college applications. Cynthia Muchnick is a college consultant and the co-author of The Parent Compass: Navigating your Teen's Wellness & Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World. She says summer break is a good time to think about college applications but cautions against "stacking activities" purely for application purposes. It's important to rest the brain, get work experience and have some fun.ia Ordaz reports.