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Applying to colleges can be more than stressful. Between trying to get excellent SAT scores, making straight A’s, and keeping up with extra-curricular activities, perfecting the college application just seems impossible. And, on top of all of that, the little worry in the back of every teenager’s mind lingers: Will my application stand out?
Most people realize that a great SAT score can really improve one’s chances of gaining entrance into college, but something else can really make an applicant stand out: a job. To admissions personnel, an applicant who has a part-time job shows a higher degree of maturity and independence.
According to Alice Margraff, a college counselor at McDonogh School in Baltimore, “Getting a job shows that a student takes initiative and is willing to spend their time doing something productive. An applicant who works also exhibits traits that would look good on a college resume.”
I don’t have any time to work. I play sports, take SAT prep courses, and I have endless amounts of homework, every teen thinks. Think again. A summer job, like lifeguarding, is the perfect answer to balancing work, school and play.
Being a summer lifeguard is a fun and rewarding job in many ways. For starters, lifeguards get to work while sitting out in the sun (with sunscreen of course); what is better than that? In addition to being enjoyable, a lifeguard job looks great on a college application.
“Lifeguarding requires a lot of skills that would be looked very favorably upon to admissions officers,” Alice Margraff believes. “A lifeguard has to be productive and mature, which are very good qualities to demonstrate [to colleges and universities].”
In order to become a lifeguard, one must get American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED certified. These certifications are an effective way to leave a great impression on an admissions officer. The college or university will be able to infer that an applicant that has worked as a lifeguard has a heightened sense of responsibility and a maturity level that is required in order to handle stressful, life-threatening situations that may occur on the job. Lifeguards, trained to react quickly in emergency situations, are great assets to any college campus.
Additionally, lifeguards exhibit great leadership skills. Lifeguards need to be able to take charge of the patrons of a pool, making sure that everything is running smoothly and safely. These lifeguard leadership skills can impress admissions personnel.
More than just a resume builder, there are more perks in this rewarding job. First, scheduling is personalized and flexible. For example, when working for Guard for Life, the American Pool Enterprises lifeguard brand, lifeguards are able to help shape their schedules online – suggesting the location, shift hours and days they work themselves. Second, lifeguards are able to make money while working on their tans. Lastly, a lifeguard experiences conflict resolution and works on their customer service skills while interacting with patrons at a pool. This skill is not only useful while lifeguarding, but also in everyday life.
So lifeguarding looks good on a college application and is a great job overall, but how will you manage your time? Often balancing work, school, and activities seems utterly impossible. It’s not! The summer job of lifeguarding makes juggling your schedule easier with the help of flexible scheduling and attentive supervisors. On top of all that, a lifeguarding job’s “peak” season is during your vacation.
Overall, as a job that allows you to spend time outdoors and exhibit skills and responsibilities that look great on any college application, lifeguarding seems like a top choice for summer employment. If you are looking for a way to enhance your college application and stand out from a crowd, apply for a job as a lifeguard.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicole Friedlander is a junior at McDonogh High School in Baltimore, Maryland. She has been a lifeguard for American Pool Enterprises and Guard for Life since she was fifteen, and has loved every minute of it. Between sitting in the sun, helping to keep swimmers safe, saving money for her college fund and fine tuning her work-place skills, she could not think of a better summer job.
Aside from being a lifeguard, she is also a varsity cross country and indoor track runner as well as a year-round lacrosse player. Even with the busy life of a high school student, she finds that lifeguarding fits easily into her schedule and is a rewarding life experience.
After a two-year hiatus, major corporations are starting to hit college career-fair tables once again. Bank of America plans to offer 1,300 new graduates jobs in 2011, and Microsoft (MSFT) will visit more business schools, marking the first time the company has expanded its footprint since 2009.
Hiring of the young and talented may not be back all the way — Bank of America’s (BAC) new headcount goal is 10% to 15% higher than the last two years but is still close to 2008 levels. But with the school year wrapped, college career centers are finding that job opportunities are once again a reality.
By Kelsey Brown
Final exams are just around the corner, and as we make the big push to finish papers, projects, and labs, our diets tend to be put on the backburner. Lattes and frosted scones may seem like life rafts in a sea of stress and fatigue, but these sweet goodies hurt our ability to perform and succeed.
Photo by Kelsey Brown
Rachel Beller M.S., R.D., nutrition expert for Glamour and founder of Beller Nutritional Institute in Beverly Hills, understands that stress is an inevitable part of the college experience and that eating healthfully can be hard when you’re pressed for time. However, the nutritional support you give your body during these intense periods of mental exertion can be the extra boost you need to make it through to the finish line.
Rachel counsels college students to take an “energy lasting approach” to eating that will promote healthy brain function and increase mental sharpness. For long hours in the library, select foods that meet the following three criteria: little to no refined sugars, healthy fats, and lean protein. Rachel says to “think synergy and balance” between those three components, and you will be providing your brain with the maximum nourishment to endure the demands you’re placing on it. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will neutralize your blood sugars while white bread, ice cream, and pretzels will spike your energy temporarily and leave you feeling even more tired an hour later. Look for healthy fats like avocado, hummus, olives, almonds, and lean proteins such as turkey, egg whites, salmon, and Greek yogurt.
Reduced sleep and stress put our immune systems to the test. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the vitamin aisle alluring illness-avoiding promises; supplements are great but only when you have all your other bases covered first. Rachel suggests that the best way to keep your immune system strong is to be productive with your food and create shortcut solutions that won’t rob the time you already don’t have. Make easy energy lasting and immune-boosting snacks in your dorm or apartment and have them at the ready when hunger strikes.
Rachel recommends a quick turkey-hummus wrap: in a whole-wheat tortilla, spread a tablespoon of all-natural hummus and 2-4 nitrate free turkey slices, then roll and go. These wraps keep well in your bag, and they won’t make a mess. Late at night, Rachel suggests sticking to snacks low in sugar and high in fiber that will keep you full, like plain popcorn with salt and pepper or oatmeal with cinnamon to help regulate blood sugars.
Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and opt for quality green teas before sugar-loaded or caffeinated concoctions that can create a vicious cycle of extreme energy highs and lows. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols that provide sustained and calming energy, and be consumed both hot and cold. If you can’t imagine finishing your thirty-page term paper on the Nicaraguan Revolution without coffee, Rachel recommends that you moderate your consumption and take it black with one teaspoon of agave and a splash of soy milk.
Eating for energy and performance will not only give you the needed edge for test day, it honors your body and all the hard work it has done for you over the past semester. When everything else seems to have gone haywire, a balanced and nourishing diet can help bring things back to center. For more tips on maintaining a nourishing diet throughout stressful and busy periods of young adulthood, visit Rachel Beller M.S., R.D. online and on Facebook.
Kelsey Brown writes about healthy hearts, minds and bodies for Small Kitchen College and Happyolks. She’s gearing up for finals season at the University of San Diego with green smoothies and the Avett Brothers on repeat.
Originally posted on HuffingtonPost.com