february: holding down a summer job
Main Points of Class
Good use of summer time fits into the strategy of a good life.
It is a must for a competitive position in the college application process.
Summer presents a great opportunity for growth in many areas (e.g. intellectual development, character development, building friendships, developing leadership skills, etc.).
Foresight and early planning are the keys to a productive summer. Often times, people do not use their summers well simply because they did not think ahead.
Working at a (paid) job can give you the responsibility you need to mature.
Initiative gets you jobs.
In-class activity: Productive Use of Summer
The activity's objective is fourfold: (1) help the students realize that the way they use their time is a reflection on their character, (2) explain how colleges assess character of students by how they have invested their time, (3) show the importance of summer job/experience in personal development, (4) give instructions for how to plan the summer
During the activity, the students are challenged to begin developing their network by brainstorming possible contacts for summer jobs and internships in various fields.
Students are also helped to think through their interests and areas for growth and what jobs and experiences could help them.
Read the Productive Use of the Summer handout.
Read the Suggested Summer Activities for Freshmen.
Talk to your father about your summer plans.
Find out if you should take any AP or SAT II tests at the end of this year. If so, obtain the necessary forms from your guidance office and mail them in promptly.
Discuss the Productive Use of the Summer Handout.
Discuss the worksheets mentioned above and establish a tentative summer plan with your mentor.
Complete a Monthly Goals Sheet.