Artwork by Maza the Rhino
“There’s nothing to do.”
These days this often seems to be the case for high school students. This is especially vexing for rising high school juniors and seniors who may have had plans to work, intern, volunteer, or attend a pre-college program this summer, but lost the opportunity due to COVID-19.
Colleges know it can be difficult to stay busy this summer and many are expecting to see gaps on the activities section of students’ applications. However, admissions officers also know that while there are definitely fewer options for high school students this summer, there’s still plenty for them to do.
Wondering what activities are out there for your child to get involved in? Here are a few ideas.
Check out your local library, food pantry, religious organization, and animal shelter. Many have community service opportunities for young people. This blog post will help you get figure out what’s a good fit for you.
While it may not be easy to find a job, some places are still hiring.
Take a fun class. Try something new. Dig deep into a subject you love. Read a book. Sign up for a class through one of the following platforms which have many different types of classes to choose from:
Write, draw, paint, build. You don’t have to be an artist or writer to create. Now’s the time to try a new hobby, learn a new skill, become an expert in something you already love to do. Even Maza (a Southern White Rhino who lives at the Fresno Zoo) has been busy painting. The painting above is a picture of his latest artwork – it was a birthday present from my daughter.
The goal is to help your child find something rewarding to do this summer. And who knows what they may discover in the process.