The school year is made bearable by the reward of summer. Sweet summer. Freedom, fun—and sometimes—trouble. Make plans this summer that will put you on a path to success. There are many options for spending your summer in a positive way. Get your friends together and start now.
Volunteer: Not only will volunteering make you feel good about yourself, but colleges love to see that teenagers give back to their community. Pick your passion and find a place you can volunteer. If you love animals, the local shelter can always use a helping hand. The elderly and young children love to have visits from teenagers who can entertain them. If you want to be outside, join Habitat for Humanity and learn some practical skills building homes or playgrounds. Start at the local library if you need help finding a place to volunteer.
Work: Having your own money is a great feeling. You can learn to budget, save, and spend wisely. Check the mall, local restaurants, and even farms for a summer job. You can meet new people, earn money, and build your resume. Many career websites have a section to help teens find summer work. Babysitting and camp are great places to start if you’ve never worked before.
Play: Join a summer sports league. You can be part of a team, get fit, and let out your competitive side. Softball, beach volleyball, even kickball leagues are available to teens through churches, rec centers, and community centers or clubs.
Learn: Take a class in something. It doesn’t have to be academic. Try a cooking class to impress your next date or learn a new art technique. Become a rock star through music lessons. Kick butt in karate class. Join 4-H and raise your own farm critter.
Why: You only get one chance to be a teenager. You want to make the most of it. You may have friends who pressure you to try “fun” things that may be illegal or dangerous. Those friends will eventually look back and wish they’d done something special with their few teenage summers. Making the smart choice this summer will guarantee you awesome experiences and countless stories to tell your friends when you’re back in school.
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