Caroline is a 17-year-old Junior in high school who enjoys being on her school's debate team, rock climbing and playing the guitar. Her favorite subject is Biology and she would like to incorporate it in her future career.
Summer is officially here and teens are all frantically looking for the perfect summer job. Facebook statuses abound with “Does anyone know who’s hiring?” and other references to the desperate need for a summer job. For most teens, the job hunt involves looking in the local mall, nearby restaurants, convenient stores, etc. However, many teens are noting the lucrative potential of entrepreneurship in babysitting, lawn mowing, dog walking and other independent jobs of this nature. With college right around the corner, many teens are saving up for the rising tuition prices, book prices and other college expenses.
Summer camps and other summer programs are also being discussed on Facebook and Twitter, though not as often because many summer camps don’t allow electronic devices. Many statuses are bidding farewell for the next few weeks or even the next month while attending a summer program. There seems to be a summer camp for all kinds of teen interests such as band camp, dance camp, church camp and even technology camp– which is the exception to the “no electronics” rule, of course. Camps and summer programs will leave the social network pretty uneventful in the coming months, but it will be good for teens to truly get away from it all and enjoy the outdoors while perfecting their skills in something they love doing.
College preparation is on the minds of the graduated Seniors who are eagerly looking forward to independent life at college. This means submitting any extra necessary fees, deciding which classes to take, finding out who their future roommates will be and other exciting events to prepare for that final step. There are still a lot of things college bound teens have to prepare for before finally shipping off, so the Summer is much less of a relaxation period for these teens. These graduated Seniors have already started packing up some items in their rooms and spending some quality time with the family before leaving to start their independent lives. It’s been a stressful and emotional time for teens and their families.
As far as entertainment goes, teens have had plenty of distractions to occupy their time in the Billboard Music Awards, which aired on May 22nd. Teens were tweeting the highlights and low points of the show, which included Britney Spears and Rhianna’s less than impressive performance, Eminem winning the Top Artist award above Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, and Beyonce’s show-stopping performance (which can be seen on YouTube) and coveted Millennium award presented by First Lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand and other big names. There are still more award shows to look forward to for teens since the MTV Movie Awards is scheduled to premiere on June 5th at 9/ 8 central. Teens are discussing their predictions and voting online. The general consensus is that Twilight will take home the award for Best Movie at the end of the night, however the film is up against pretty strong contenders such as Harry Potter and The Social Network.
So far, it’s a busy summer for teens with all of the college preparation and job searches ahead. However, once the Summer starts rolling along most teens are expecting it to calm down a little to finally squeeze in some much needed rest and relaxation.
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