As the school year comes to an end, myriad students start to wonder how to spend their summers effectively and wisely.
Many students are swarmed by the many options available. Many University summer programs send letters to bring students into their Summer Programs. These Summer Programs offer courses in various fields of interest such as engineering or business. There are also many volunteering and internship opportunities available for students who wish to get a hands on experience in a certain field.
Edwin Lee, a Junior at Crescenta Valley High School (CVHS) told JSR, “I really like internships because it really lets me get a hands on experience in the field I want to major in medicine so I am trying to find a place where I can shadow a Doctor, but since there are so many people also looking for internships, it’s hard.”
On the other hand however, there are some people that feel pressured by others to seek internships for college applications and show frustration as a result.
Daniel Kim, also a junior at CVHS said, “I constantly hear all my friends talking about how they got internships at all these places and I feel frustrated sometimes because I want to spend my summer doing something else. I think that getting an internship just for the sake of college apps defeats the purpose of an internship.”
Upcoming seniors have began to think about and plan for their college applications to ease themselves once school starts with hectic schedules.
Jerry Jung, upcoming senior at CVHS, stated, “I think it will be a good idea to start college applications in the summer because then I won’t get as stressed during the school year. Especially because I’m taking 7 classes.”