Every teenager needs cash, and every student needs to feel significant. What you do during your summer holidays can yield either of these blessings, or even both.
There is nothing wrong with mowing lawns – try it! But here are some other options to ponder:
Gas Station Clerk
You hate to pay gas prices. Working at a gas station will not give you any discount, but it will let you see the other side of the counter. People rush in, get their stuff, and rush out. Smile at them – it might make their afternoon! Ten years later, you may remember some of your regular patrons, or at least you will recall when gasoline cost half as much. Oh, and the shift options can be quite flexible.
It is Graduation Day +1, and you already forgot everything you studied for finals. But you likely still think about your favorite – or least favorite! – teacher once in a while. You are fairly good at music (not necessarily piano), and lots of your friends have little siblings – or perhaps your sister babysits a bunch of kids somewhere. Hire out your time and training to some parents who would love to see their prodigies learn the marvelous fundamentals of music. Practice an hour a week to keep up your skills, then smile to yourself when you ask the young novice to practice three hours a week. Be patient and encouraging, and know that you may be inspiring a life-long love.
Or farmer. Learn the real meaning of hard work. Let it seep into your very soul as you sweat out in the fields. Your work ethic may change forever. Watch the experts closely – even though they probably lack a huge savings account. Maybe they are rough around the edges. Maybe your level of education already exceeds theirs. But they are the salt of the earth. Oh, and speaking of which, learning to respect the land – its mercy, its judgment, and its stunning beauty – is essential for an enviable summer experience.
Last but not least, summer camps are one of the best things America does for its youth. Learning about sports, friendship, and in many cases, God, are what make camps thrive across this nation. Do not plan on making much money here. But as non-commissioned officers form the backbone of any military unit, and as mid-level managers drive a company forward, so camp staff – usually in their 20’s but often in their late teens – create an unforgettable experience in the life of at least one kid in every cabin…if not all ten of them!