Summer Jobs and Internships
By Maggie Poling, Grade 9

When you were in Elementary School, summer was, without a doubt, the best time of the year. You were able to have fun without the smallest ounce of guilt for being lazy.

Then, in middle school, you were assigned your very first summer reading list. You couldn’t believe it! Homework during the summer? No way!

Then, high school arrived. Your teachers and guidance counselors began to talk about college and earning scholarships. They started to discuss working and getting a summer internship to put on your resume. All of this sounded so foreign, but you knew by the urgency and sincerity of these people’s words that they were - they are - serious.

Summer is no longer all about fooling around and having a good time. It’s also about working hard throughout the year so you can obtain a bright future. It may sound like a horrible transition from those lazy summer days, but that doesn’t mean interning, working, or volunteering has to be a bad experience. You can make it fun! The easiest way to do so is to do something your interested in! If you love writing, intern at your local newspaper. If you love to paint, help out at the nearest day care center’s finger painting class. If you love acting, intern at a community theatre as a stage manager for a few shows.

Go out there and impress some people while enjoying yourself. It’s easier than it sounds, and you will receive many credentials from your participation. This is the time to start planning your future so you can live your dreams instead of wishing them away until it's too late.

Remember: the best way to find the perfect summer job or internship is to ask around! Talk to people in the community, maybe even your parent’s friends, and seek what you deserve!


By Maggie Poling, Grade 9

We’ve heard about the SAT, and we’ve heard about the ACT…but what are they? How do they differ? Which one should you take? 

Start by researching if the colleges you would like to go to have a preference on which test they want prospective students to complete. If there is not a preference, then you can decide for yourself.

The ACT is curriculum based and includes the following categories: English, math, reading, science and an optional writing category. The ACT has been considered more straight-forward, consisting of primarily knowledge-based questions. This assessment focuses on grammar, punctuation, and syntax. On the contrary to the SAT, the ACT provides questions involving both trigonometry and science. The ACT is generally shorter than the SAT, however, this varies from student-to-student.

Then there’s the SAT. This assessment is more of an aptitude test, judging your ability in vocabulary, reading comprehension, general reasoning and problem solving skills. Differing from the ACT, the SAT focuses on vocabulary more than it does grammar. However, both are still very important.

Several experts recommend completing both assessments, and to better prepare, the pretests as well (called the PSAT and PLAN). Do your research to decide what’s best for you, and remember, you can always retake the test for a better score. Whatever it takes, right?


Rachael Britton
6/11/2011 03:02:51 am

Maggie, great articles!

I myself am going to take the SAT, not the ACT. I'm more of an English person than Science, so I chose to take the SAT.


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