4 Summertime Prep Tips For Teens From A Teen

Becca is a 16 year-old from West Palm Beach, FL. She loves to cook and travel, and she would like to study International Business in the future.

As the new year begins, the deadlines for summer opportunities begin to approach. These past few summers, I’ve had great opportunities and amazing experiences, but I know that it’s hard to decide what to do with the few months of freedom that you have. The possibilities for teenagers today truly runs the gamut:

1. Go to camp

I went to camp for six years, beginning the summer before 5th grade. My camp was in the Berkshires and provided a great place to get away for a month. My mother never went to a sleep-away camp when she was younger and once told me that she truly regretted it once she got to college. It’s hard to start off in a completely new place away from home when you’ve had no previous experience. Camp is a great way to start gaining independence. Although it is structuresd you usually have choices of activities. It’s also a great way to meet friends. You have to break out of your comfort zone to meet new people, and you have to learn how to live with all types of kids.

2. Work

Although some teens may dread the thought of work, summer is a great time to earn money. You don’t have to flip burgers-try to find something you’ll actually enjoy, instead. Work experience can also look great once it comes time for college applications. If you think you may be interested in medicine, try to get a job at a doctor’s office or hospital. If you like to work with children, become a counselor at a local sports or arts camp. Try to find a friend that will work with you that way you’ll always have company on the job.

3. Travel

Whether it be on family trips or with groups of teens, traveling provides cultural insight like nothing else. The great thing about traveling is its flexibility: It can be long or short, near or far. The number of teen tours and language immersion programs is constantly growing. Teenagers can now go places all around the world, from Europe to Africa to the South Pacific. Another option is domestic exploration: Each of the fifty states has something unique to offer.

4. Intern

Internships provide an alternative to regular work. Usually you can intern with companies that otherwise wouldn’t give a high school student a job. There are even programs that will help find you an internship while you spend the summer with a group of teens. Big cities like New York and Los Angeles have a wide variety of possibilities, but local internships are just as valuable and more convenient. Internships are another great way to professionally present yourself to a college when you apply, and you also get the chance to make connections that may very well help you in the future.

I still do not know what this summer will bring for me. However, the internet makes researching possibilities easy. The following are helpful websites for summer investigation:

http://www.mysummercamps.com/

http://www.ceinternships.com/home.asp

http://www.teenink.com/Summer/

http://www.experimentinternational.org/

http://www.summerfun.com/

Good luck with the search!

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