Shannon is one of our teen interns, she is a 16 year old from Maryland. She enjoys writing, is pro recycling, and loves the Jonas Brothers.
Contrary to popular belief, the recession hasn’t left all teenagers unemployed. Many places are looking for young, money-hungry employees who are bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and self-serving, meaning they will work for exceptionally lower rates because they don’t have families to support. Teens have managed to find summer or seasonal jobs like:
– Hostessing at restaurants
– Ticket ripping at movie theaters
– Concession stands at baseball stadiums
– Counseling at summer camps
– Internships at law firms, medical labs, police departments etc.
– And, our least favorite: RETAIL
Camps, Classes, and College Visits
Some teenagers are spending part of their summer in a classroom of-sorts. Whether it’s five days at a leadership camp or five weeks in at a community college, there are plenty of teens who spend at least some of their free time stimulating their brains. Plus, most of them are resume-boosters that look good on college apps, which is nice.
Also, most teens have (been forced by their parents to) set aside at least—AT LEAST—a week to tour colleges that could potentially be their dream-schools.
For the most part, teens are just chillaxing this summer, occupying their time with things like…
– hanging at the movies, bike riding through the neighborhood, lounging pool-side
– baseball games, midnight bowling, Rita’s runs
– walking the streets at night, hand-in-hand, breathing in the sweet summer air
– lying on the warm cement of the sidewalk and gazing up at the vast openness that is sky
– sitting out on a porch swing and reading youthful novels in the warm, waning glow of a setting sun
– strolling bare-legged along the beach, footprints visible in the sand, only to be washed away by the ever changing, ever constant rise and fall of tides
– taking long drives to nowhere, contemplating nothing but their own happiness and sneaking an occasional glance at the blazes of orange and pink that light the evening sky