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Summer Survival Guide!
Now that school is out, here are some important tips to not only survive but thrive during your free time! Summer breezy, yo!
Kelvin Sims
  • It's the second in our High School Survivial Guide series, sponsored by AT&T
  • Here are tips that are fun, practical and oh-so not boooring!
  • The summer journey also includes a mental journey: Road Trip Nation!

Your High School Survival Guide

Here's how you can make the most out of your summer vacation -- and be prepared for the new school year once the summer comes to a close!

(NOTE: This is the second of a four-part series, supported by AT&T, that will help teens prepare for a successful high school career. With a big assist from Road Trip Nation, here are some tips for making the most of your summer down time.)

It's summer -- hot, long and, in most instances, with lots of free time for you! How do you maximize your time, mixing fun with some academics and learning new things? Well, our Summer Survival Guide has some tips for you to make the most of the next couple of months.

  • Road Trip Nation -- How about a road trip? OK, we know the economy is bad and some people may not be able to afford to do much, if any, actual traveling this summer with the high price of gas! But a road trip is not limited to the physical -- it can be how you define your road in life! That's the purpose behind Roadtripnation.com, a site that is partnering with myclubmylife.com. Go to the site and see what it's all about! You can ask others -- your parents, teachers, Club advisors, local leaders -- what was it that brought them to this point in their lives. What were/are their dreams for themselves and for the country? Watch compelling interviews on their site (including this one with a physician) and see what others have said about their life journeys. Or see what experts had to tell our own teen reporters Allie and David about "road trips" you can take on your own this summer with visits to the local museum, etc. It's a Roadtrip nation -- we're just traveling along on it!
  • Learn a skill -- Learn how to play a musical instrument such as the guitar or the piano. You don't necessarily have to have money for lessons -- ask a relative or friend who knows how to play an instrument you are interested in. Do some research to see if there are any local music camps that offer free or reduced-price lessons. Maybe you can even think of a way to raise money to finance your music education!
  • Learn how to swim. Millions of people -- especially among the black and Hispanic population -- don't know how to swim and thousands of drownings occur each year. Go to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and learn more about their programs like "Every Child a Swimmer." Or just as important, learn life-saving skills such as first aid to be able to assist in case of an emergency in or around water.
  • Go to school! No, we don't mean summer school (unless you need to). Visit local colleges you are interested in or, if you happen to make a vacation trip to a new city, plan to visit colleges and/or trade schools there. Use this time to figure out what your wants and needs are in a college, trade school, etc.
  • Get a (pretend) job! Times are tough and jobs are scarce. But consider job-shadowing at a place you might want to work in the future like a law office, bank or TV station. If you want to learn a trade, then follow along with a relative or friend as they repair plumbing or air conditioning. Go down to the local mechanic and ask if you can watch them do what they do in the business! You can clean up before going out -- and really clean up later on when you have acquired the skills in that profession and have made it a career!
  • Learn a craft. Ever wanted to act? Summer is a perfect time. Become a debater and learn great oratorical skills.
  • Volunteer at a local nursing home, homeless shelter or animal shelter. Encourage your friends to join you!
  • Demonstrate your green thumb! The Positive Sprouts section here on myclubmylife.com is a great start. Learn the basics of growing plants, or simply go by a home and garden store and buy seeds. Start growing!
  • Go hiking or camping. Be sure to go with a guide or adult figure for safety purposes. But find a place nearby, borrow equipment if you have to and go explore nature!
  • Become a myclubmylife.com teen reporter or Teen Advisory Board member. OK, this one is a little self-serving but only in the sense of helping YOUR site get better! And think of all the fun you will have -- in recent months, teen reporters have interviewed LeBron James, Penelope Cruz, Ne Yo, Big Boi, Tiffany Evans, and many more!
  • Work on your weaknesses! Do you have stage fright? No better way to overcome your fears like getting out in front in a summer play where there is less pressure than a school production! Want to try out for varsity basketball but worried you're not good enough? There are plenty of summer camps to get individualized instruction and three whole months for you to practice and get better! We can see that varsity letter now!
  • Write your first poem, first song or start or even finish a novel!

Before you know it, the glorious days of summer will be over. Get into fun, summer-survival mode now and outlast these next couple of months! Do all or couple of these things and you will be a winner in more ways than one!

What are you planning to do with your summer vacation? Leave us a comment below and let us know! Want to share your summer survival stories with MCML and other Club teens? Send pictures and write-ups (about 250 words) to content@myclubmylife.com

Summer Survival Guide!
Now that school is out, here are some important tips to not only survive but thrive during your free time! Summer breezy, yo!
  • It's the second in our High School Survivial Guide series, sponsored by AT&T
  • Here are tips that are fun, practical and oh-so not boooring!
  • The summer journey also includes a mental journey: Road Trip Nation!

Your High School Survival Guide

Here's how you can make the most out of your summer vacation -- and be prepared for the new school year once the summer comes to a close!

(NOTE: This is the second of a four-part series, supported by AT&T, that will help teens prepare for a successful high school career. With a big assist from Road Trip Nation, here are some tips for making the most of your summer down time.)

It's summer -- hot, long and, in most instances, with lots of free time for you! How do you maximize your time, mixing fun with some academics and learning new things? Well, our Summer Survival Guide has some tips for you to make the most of the next couple of months.

  • Road Trip Nation -- How about a road trip? OK, we know the economy is bad and some people may not be able to afford to do much, if any, actual traveling this summer with the high price of gas! But a road trip is not limited to the physical -- it can be how you define your road in life! That's the purpose behind Roadtripnation.com, a site that is partnering with myclubmylife.com. Go to the site and see what it's all about! You can ask others -- your parents, teachers, Club advisors, local leaders -- what was it that brought them to this point in their lives. What were/are their dreams for themselves and for the country? Watch compelling interviews on their site (including this one with a physician) and see what others have said about their life journeys. Or see what experts had to tell our own teen reporters Allie and David about "road trips" you can take on your own this summer with visits to the local museum, etc. It's a Roadtrip nation -- we're just traveling along on it!
  • Learn a skill -- Learn how to play a musical instrument such as the guitar or the piano. You don't necessarily have to have money for lessons -- ask a relative or friend who knows how to play an instrument you are interested in. Do some research to see if there are any local music camps that offer free or reduced-price lessons. Maybe you can even think of a way to raise money to finance your music education!
  • Learn how to swim. Millions of people -- especially among the black and Hispanic population -- don't know how to swim and thousands of drownings occur each year. Go to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and learn more about their programs like "Every Child a Swimmer." Or just as important, learn life-saving skills such as first aid to be able to assist in case of an emergency in or around water.
  • Go to school! No, we don't mean summer school (unless you need to). Visit local colleges you are interested in or, if you happen to make a vacation trip to a new city, plan to visit colleges and/or trade schools there. Use this time to figure out what your wants and needs are in a college, trade school, etc.
  • Get a (pretend) job! Times are tough and jobs are scarce. But consider job-shadowing at a place you might want to work in the future like a law office, bank or TV station. If you want to learn a trade, then follow along with a relative or friend as they repair plumbing or air conditioning. Go down to the local mechanic and ask if you can watch them do what they do in the business! You can clean up before going out -- and really clean up later on when you have acquired the skills in that profession and have made it a career!
  • Learn a craft. Ever wanted to act? Summer is a perfect time. Become a debater and learn great oratorical skills.
  • Volunteer at a local nursing home, homeless shelter or animal shelter. Encourage your friends to join you!
  • Demonstrate your green thumb! The Positive Sprouts section here on myclubmylife.com is a great start. Learn the basics of growing plants, or simply go by a home and garden store and buy seeds. Start growing!
  • Go hiking or camping. Be sure to go with a guide or adult figure for safety purposes. But find a place nearby, borrow equipment if you have to and go explore nature!
  • Become a myclubmylife.com teen reporter or Teen Advisory Board member. OK, this one is a little self-serving but only in the sense of helping YOUR site get better! And think of all the fun you will have -- in recent months, teen reporters have interviewed LeBron James, Penelope Cruz, Ne Yo, Big Boi, Tiffany Evans, and many more!
  • Work on your weaknesses! Do you have stage fright? No better way to overcome your fears like getting out in front in a summer play where there is less pressure than a school production! Want to try out for varsity basketball but worried you're not good enough? There are plenty of summer camps to get individualized instruction and three whole months for you to practice and get better! We can see that varsity letter now!
  • Write your first poem, first song or start or even finish a novel!

Before you know it, the glorious days of summer will be over. Get into fun, summer-survival mode now and outlast these next couple of months! Do all or couple of these things and you will be a winner in more ways than one!

What are you planning to do with your summer vacation? Leave us a comment below and let us know! Want to share your summer survival stories with MCML and other Club teens? Send pictures and write-ups (about 250 words) to content@myclubmylife.com

 
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