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Teen Matters

Teens: Preparing for a Successful Summer

May 2nd, 2012

By: Tina Krinsky

You’ve looked forward to summer break all year. Sure, it’s a great time to relax, but it’s also a very valuable opportunity. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your summer:

 

  • Know your goals. Figure out your expectations for the summer and think bigger than babysitting. Babysitting is a worthy fall-back for earning extra cash, but if you are interested in law, look into helping answer phones or filing paper work at a local law office.  This will help give you insight into the daily workings of your business of choice. You can learn about dressing professionally, socializing in an office setting or using new technology. It’s a great time to fumble and make some mistakes as an intern, knowing your rent money is not on the line. Not ready to trade in your flip flops? Then perhaps a start-up is more your desire.
  • No matter what you have planned for the summer, start with a conversation with your parents about your expectations and theirs. Is the goal to have fun? Make money while learning valuable lessons? Prepare for college?  Explore your passion? Whatever it is, be clear. Write your goals down. If they want something different than you, you could both end up being disappointed. But think how good you will feel if you surpass everyone’s goals!
  • Remember, education is the key! While teens’ grey matter is at the max, why not learn a musical instrument, learn tennis or improve your golf handicap and make your high school team?
  • Summer internships are available for junior and seniors in high school who want to jumpstart gaining valuable experience in a particular field of practice such as medicine, business or law.
  • Not sure about your passion? Look into summer programs that offer programs such as fashion design, architecture, science, cooking, business programs and more. Many summer camps and programs offer subjects not typically taught in your high school. Maybe it’s time to leave the mother ship and dip your toe into a summer pre-college experience.
  • Try things you have never done before. Play a new sport, take a new class, or explore a new hobby…just try! For little risk, this can be a huge reward. You may discover something you are passionate about.
  • Do what YOU want to do, not just what your friends are doing. We are in a world that celebrates diversity and individuality.  In turn, summer is a great time to focus on your unique personality, distinguish yourself, formulate your own opinions and explore your individual potential.
  • If you are really interested in going to a particular college, see if they offer any pre-college programs. You will navigate the campus, get to know the surrounding area, eat in the dining halls, live in the dorms and experience what it’s like to be a student there. Think how confident you will feel when you return as a freshman! Think how relieved your parents will be if you realize NOW that it’s not the college for you!
  • NETWORK. A skill that can’t be learned too early. Treat everyone you meet as someone who could change your life. With social media it’s easy to stay in touch and you never know when a future college recommendation or job opportunity may came from it.    
  • If you lose, be careful not to lose sight of the lesson. Summer can be filled with highs and lows. First jobs, being away from home, making new friends – they all can be tough. But, if you learn from each experience, you’ll look back at a successful summer.

 

Tina Krinsky is with Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs. For more information, visit www.jkcp.com.

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