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The Summer Between HS and College

jellybean24jellybean24 Registered User Posts: 406 Member
edited January 2005 in Parents Forum
I was wondering what any of your S and D's did during the summer between senior year and college. Next year, I'll (likely) be going to Stanford. I'd like to make some money, but I'd like to also do something with educational value. I can't do something that COSTS a lot of money, whether it be living expenses or a fee. What are interesting options available? I'm interested in research, social sciences, history, etc., but everything goes to college students!
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Replies to: The Summer Between HS and College

  • fendergirlfendergirl Registered User Posts: 4,694 Senior Member
    i worked. just like i did every other summer since 8th grade :)
  • nguyentnguyent Registered User Posts: 383 Member
    im not a parent, but i'll probably go work at a lab and get paid
  • jellybean24jellybean24 Registered User Posts: 406 Member
    Okay, nguyent, PM me about that - I want to see what kinds of things I can do. And we better leave this to the parents - I don't want to take over their forum. Any thoughts parents?
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    My daughter took a year off before college but since she actually volunteered for a year with Americorps most of her summer was spent in training as well as her regular job as riding staff at a residential camp. At the other end, her summer was spent finishing up as well as participating in a national convention where she met both Sen McCain and former President Clinton and working in the residential camp.
    Stick with what you have been doing through out high school is my suggestion
  • RileydogRileydog Registered User Posts: 611 Member
    My son is a lifeguard for our town (beach). He earned his credentials at the YMCA in Jan & February so that he would be available in June last year. Was a cushy job - didn't work when it rained, for example, until a small girl was missing in the water and he was responsible for finding her! Frankly, I would like to see him do something else this summer but he is really looking forward to returning so I guess those fabulous internships will have to wait for him to be equally excited by them.
  • dukeofhazard87dukeofhazard87 Registered User Posts: 141 Junior Member
    Honestly, the summer before the 4 years I plan on working my behind off (and may well decide which direction my life takes), I plan on doing pretty much nothing. I AM planning a trip to Amsterdam with friends to, uh, take in the culture.
  • ellemenopeellemenope Registered User Posts: 11,380 Senior Member
    This is the last chance to do a lot of things--get those pesky wisdom teeth out, update your glasses prescription, spend some time with grandpa and grandma, READ books for leisure, especially the last one.

    If you don't have a lot of $$, I'd get a list together of the books you've heard about but never read and then read them.
  • maizy42maizy42 Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    My son worked.He was expected to earn at least 2,000 dollars in summer savings for college tuition..Also did not have much time since he had to be at school around August 20th or so. He needed to make more than that for extra spending money as well at school. I would have loved him to have the experience of travelling before entering school but he really needed to work. Welcome to the real world.
  • mackinawmackinaw Registered User Posts: 2,842 Senior Member
    My son had two jobs. He worked as a coach in a debate camp. And he worked as a telephone survey research interviewer (not telemarketing).

    My daugher didn't work that summer. She needed a break. But in fact she ran wild -- seriously -- and by the time she got to college she was exhausted! It's a good time to mellow out a bit, have some organized activity, whether work or volunteering or whatever, and get things organized for school.
  • fendergirlfendergirl Registered User Posts: 4,694 Senior Member
    at my job this past summer i made about $8,000.. give or take a few bucks.. that's a bit much for someone to be expected to make in one summer... (it was a lot less after taxes!) but it's something i needed to do. with that money I paid off my laptop, had a nice down payment for the car i bought two months ago, and i have enough left over to make all of my car payments as well as insurance payments during school. i also use it to pay for little vacations i send myself on. i also work for a different company while i'm away at school, and i use that money to pay for things such as gas, food, entertainment expeses, etc.

    this works out will for me - summer time money works to pay the big bills throughout school, and school year money works to pay for the little things :)
  • pennhopefulpennhopeful Registered User Posts: 115 Junior Member
    I won't lie, I slept during the entire summer before I went to Georgetown,lol. I advise every pre-college student to get as much sleep as you can before going to college, as you'll miss it when college starts. I would say do something like volunteering or a job that you love to do, and relax as much as you can. You'll want it when you're up at 4 in the morning finishing the paper you said you'd start the day it was assigned,LOL.
  • bern700bern700 User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 1,191 Senior Member
    I did an internship at UBS, made some mad cash, and got some good work experience.
  • athlonmjathlonmj Registered User Posts: 1,555 Senior Member
    bern, how'd you get that internship? That must have been sweet.
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