How high schoolers can prepare for a productive summer

With summer vacation just around the corner, most high school students are already looking forward to the long weeks free from homework, tests, projects, reports, and papers. Although it can be tempting to veg out and turn off for the summer, high schoolers should try to use the time to their advantage. Whether it is a part-time job, volunteer experience, or an internship, there are a number of ways high school students can have a productive summer!


Deciding how to spend the summer


With a few months to go before school ends, now is the perfect time to start thinking about what to do over the summer. Before making plans, students should ask themselves two questions:


1.      What are my future goals? Think about long term, big picture goals: do you want to go to college? What will your major be? What future career do you want to have? Once you’ve started answering those questions, consider what steps you can take now to achieve those goals. That might be a part time job to save money for tuition, an internship to gain experience, or volunteering to build your resume.

2.     What do I enjoy doing? While summer vacation may give you time to sign up for plenty of resume boosting activities, you also don’t want to be miserable. Ask yourself what you enjoy doing most and try to find activities that support your interests. If you’re the queen of Instagram, consider taking a photography class to learn more about color and composition. Sports fans might be interested in volunteering as a youth coach.


Five great options for summer


The following are five great ways that high school students can spend their summers.


1.     Part-time job: Having a job gives teenagers the opportunity to earn their own money and add to their resumes. Common jobs that are readily available for high school students include lifeguards, cashiers, tutors, baby sitters, camp counselors, and more. Many companies start hiring in the spring for summer positions, so start looking for available jobs sooner rather than later.

2.     Short-term internship: While the vast majority of internships are unpaid, they are a great way to get real-world experience in your future career field. If you’re interested in being a doctor, see if you can shadow or intern at a local hospital or clinic over the summer. Internships can also be a good way to show colleges you are committed to your area of study – or to discover it might not be for you before you get to campus.

3.    Volunteering: While volunteering may seem similar to internships, they’re often easier to get and offer more flexible schedules. A huge number of groups look for volunteers, especially over the summer. Animal shelters, senior centers, museums, schools, and more are just a few ideas for volunteer opportunities.

4.   Summer Sessions: School over the summer can be an excellent way to help improve your GPA and boost your learning. RBEF offers summer sessions, and you can sign up here:

5.    Summer camp: This traditional – and fun! – way to spend summer vacation has never gone out of style. Whether it is during the day or away from home, there are camps dedicated to sports, academics, the arts, and more.