Tips & Advice
- 08 June 2012
- by Marissa Vessels
For the last 13 years, I’ve spent at least a week at the same resident camp every summer. In high school, I started the Counselor-In-Training program, which meant anywhere from 21-28 days in the mountains and, after graduating high school, I became a counselor for the following two years, where I spent three full months at camp. Camp has been my summer home and, subsequently, I usually start looking forward the summer months as early as October! Now that I’m about to be a junior in college, this will be my very first summer spent with internet access and not in a tent. With today’s pressure to stay ahead of our peers in terms of experience and accomplishments, I’m surprised this hasn’t come sooner.
When I start my first class on Monday morning, this year’s counselors will be performing lice checks and meeting their campers for the first time; while I’m sitting in an office, they’ll be teaching 15 young girls self-confidence, independence, and to love the outdoors. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m going to miss my summers at camp, but I also recognize the importance of taking your passion and talents to the next level, which is what I’m hoping to achieve over the next few months.
As of tomorrow, I will be taking classes at Georgetown and interning at Youth Service America until mid-August. I’m genuinely looking forward to my classes, especially because they’re on nonprofit management, which is something UC Berkeley doesn’t offer, and I hope that they will expand my knowledge of public service in America, allowing me to put them to work in my own nonprofit. With a 9:00AM - 9:30PM work and class schedule, I can already tell that this summer is going to be challenging and fly by quickly, but I definitely believe it’ll be fun as well.
During the summer, whether you choose volunteering, working, taking classes, being a camp counselor, or interning, you really can’t go wrong - as long as you do something that’s helping you to hone and employ the skills you’ll need to be successful in the longrun.
After I get a few more weeks under my belt, I will be excited to report out on more specifics of my summer in DC!