Which is more valuable? Summer experience for daughter

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Which is more valuable? Summer experience for daughter
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Wed, 03-16-2011 - 2:12pm

My DD is a sophomore, and has 3 options for how she will spend her summer: Her first option is to work, her second is to do a 6 week unpaid internship thru an education cooperative, and the third is to attend a 3 week creative writing program (Stanford EPGY). These all have valuable components, as well as their downsides. At some point, in the midst of all this, she will need to take driver's ed.

The work option will give her some good experience and also help her earn a little money, but the kind of jobs available to kids her age certainly won't help her sort out what she might want to do for a career. (This will also

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Registered: 07-24-1997

I like the way you are thinking about it.

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Registered: 05-13-1998

Go with the internship or creative writing class. This is the time to take advantage of these sorts of programs.... when mom and dad are still covering your room and board. Specialty courses and unpaid internships are a real strain when you have more financial responsibility. Is there an "expiration" on either of these opportunities? For example, is the internship

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Registered: 05-27-1998

I figured there was no way I could word my post so that someone didn't think my real question was: How do i position my kid to get into Harvard? ;)

But that's not what I was asking.

First of all, she's the one who came up with the three options, not I, and she is the one who is feeling slightly confused by her interests and would like to have a summer experience that helps her narrow them down. It *is* about benefiting her as a person, because any steps she takes to know who she is (as narcissistic as that sounds) do ultimately benefit her.

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Registered: 05-27-1998

Thank you! This is exactly the type of info was looking for. She does think she wants to go to a small liberal arts college (although she will likely be applying to Stanford, too!) I think that's why she was interested in the EPGY program there, just to see if she likes the campus, climate, people, etc., not so much because we think it will help. I've heard mixed things about the value of these sorts or programs on college acceptance, anyway--it seems their main value is in letting a kid explore something she thinks she's interested in pursuing. It's good to know that liberal arts schools are unlikely to hold it against her if she does something other than work this summer.

But honestly, I don't think getting into a good college is the main factor here. She doesn't want to hurt her chances, of course, but I think she really wants to narrow down some of her choices and figure out who she is.

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Let me begin by saying, that if you are looking at ANY of these experiences to <<>> then I think that's the wrong approach.

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Registered: 07-24-1997

Our experience in applying to the kinds of colleges my oldest goes to (small private liberal arts colleges) is that work experience is not a big consideration in the admissions process, though I can't speak for what it is like for other types of colleges.