Making the Most of the Summer (Grades 11-12)

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Making the Most of the Summer

Be a Volunteer

With summer looming, many high school students are weighing their options of how to spend those long, hot days. While sitting next to a pool, heading to the beach, basking in air conditioned malls, or hanging out at friends’ houses commonly top the lists, there is another option. It is one that involves significant time and effort, but at the same time, teaches valuable skills, bolsters your resume, and provides fodder for your upcoming college applications and entrance essays: volunteering.

Every community needs volunteers and opportunities are often unexpectedly diverse. Check with your local library, school, and community center to see what might be out there just waiting for your time, skills, and compassion. You may not bring home a paycheck, but you will be helping yourself and the community in which you live.

Get a Job
When three long months of freedom stretch in front of you, it can be more than a little challenging to turn your back on sleeping in and relaxing in order to seek employment. However, there is little argument that using the summer to get a job is beneficial. In addition to earning money that can be used in a myriad of ways, it also teaches you how to follow rules, work with others, remain punctual, and take daily responsibility. You can refine your ideas about what kind of career you want to pursue after high school, as well as network with people in the field, establish a reputation, and have something to add to future resumes, college essays, and job applications. While getting a job may not sound like what you want to do today, you can bet it will help you achieve what you want in the future.
What advantage does working have that volunteering does not?
  1. Earning an income
  2. Getting experience
  3. Networking with others
  4. Building a resume
What is one of the main reasons a person would choose volunteering over working?
  1. To list on a resume
  2. To help the community
  3. To use in a college application
  4. To get experience in the field
What do both viewpoints have in common?
  1. Everyone should go to college.
  2. Helping people is essential.
  3. It is tempting to spend these months relaxing.
  4. Summer time rarely lasts long enough for students.
Volunteer opportunities are typically quite easy to find in most cities.
  1. True
  2. False
Summer jobs often help young people figure out what kind of                    they want to have some day.

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