For ambitious high school students, summer is for resume polishing, reports the New York Times.
Once, summer for teenagers meant a season of menial jobs and lazy days at the local pool. But for a small but growing number of college-bound students like Craig, summer has become a time of résumé-building academic work and all-consuming, often exotic projects to change the world.
Driven largely by increased competition to get into elite colleges and universities, teenagers are jumping from demanding school-year commitments into equally challenging summer activities, school administrators and parents say. College admissions officers, meanwhile, are sifting through personal essays that could have been written by Peace Corps alumni
My daughter learned a great deal in her summer jobs, which included selling lotions and soaps at a retail store, serving designer coffee and working as a flunkie at a law firm, government office, ad agency and think tank. She learned to work for a boss, work without a boss around, deal with demanding customers and keep going through tedium and aggravation. Now my niece, who’s never held a paying job, is finishing her junior year in high school. I think she’d learn far more as a waitress at the coffee shop, which happens to be hiring, than taking another summer school class or pushing the magazine cart around the hospital.