One of my summer chores: Walking the dog around the block every single day. I think he’s looking forward to it and I could use the fresh air.
School is officially over this year or will be very soon for most of you. Final exams are finished and you can’t wait to escape your school and walk in the sunshine, right? I’m sure a lot of you have plans, set in stone or not, of what you’re going to do and I’m sure most of those involve hanging out with friends and traveling. Those two things are fine and good, but you have to keep your future in mind as well.
I am now officially a senior in high school. My junior year ended this morning at 9:30 as I left the school after taking my last exam of the year, American Government. I collected some letters of recommendation from my teachers and hopped in the car that was waiting for me. I’d love to say I drove off into the sunset, everything faded to black as the credits rolled, and my favorite song played, but that didn’t happen. Instead, I wound up at Burger King for my first ever interview. I was nervous, but it went very well and I’m now feeling confident about my next interview tomorrow. After only two previous days of job hunting, I’ve filled out six applications, scheduled two interviews, and I am currently working on three to four more applications. Apply, apply, apply. The more applications you fill out, the better your chances of getting a summer job. Another thing, in today’s economy you can’t afford to be picky, especially if you are a teenager just entering the workforce. Be open about your options and take advantage of any opportunities that cross your path.
I was also inducted into my school’s chapter of the National Honor Society this year. One of the requirements to retain membership is the six hours of community service I have to serve this summer. In a small town, their are not a lot of choices. Sometimes you have to be creative and sometimes your chance isn’t just going to jump in your face and say, “Hey! Look at me!” You have to actually go in and ask organizations in your community because not all of them advertise the need for volunteers. For example, the local library is a great choice. At least, it is for me. I love reading and I’ve helped in some of my previous schools’ libraries. I enjoy the work that’s involved and that’s what matters. If you plan on or need to do some volunteering this summer, do something you’ll enjoy because, chances are, you’ll put more effort into the work you’re doing and the experience will be more memorable.
Remember, always keep an open mind, never do something you’ll regret, and be safe this summer!