By Alberto Grand and Joel Olender, Seniors
Summer ends, and classes return. Though, that does not mean our students weren’t busy during their summer break.
Many of our students here at iPrep like to take things a step further and involve themselves with the community outside of school, doing numerous extracurricular activities that vary from volunteering positions to paid jobs.
For instance, one of our Sophomore students, Bruno Mariello, volunteered at a local veterinary clinic, hoping to obtain an unforgettable experience and contribute to his passion for animals.
“[The] coolest part of the job was to take care of animals, how to use needles and how to do surgery and stuff,” he says.
Despite all the fun experience with loving animals, he was able to leave with an important message to consider in the future if he desires to follow a veterinarian career path: “I learned that being a veterinarian can be nasty work sometimes.”
Also one of our peers participated in an internship program at the Frost Science Museum, a recent addition to the recreational places in our booming downtown area of Miami. Sarafina Lantigua, senior, developed curriculum for the Frost’s summer camp programs as well as worked with the children in the summer camp, giving them a fantastic experience.
“Working with the kids during the camps was really interesting… I learned how to communicate better in an office space,” she says.
Her internship at the Frost Science Museum, not only an entertaining experience, but also valuable one, allowing her to adjust and gain a perspective on how the workforce operates, preparing her for future careers and job opportunities with useful skills.
Other students preferred to jump into the workforce during the summer, giving them a head start on their savings and education on financial literacy. Junior student, Stephan Sanchez, worked a local park where he watched the premises of the park and watches over the children in playing areas, making sure the park remains a safe place.
“I watched kids, talked to them, tutor them… helped them with their math and reading,” he mentions.
Though leaving with money is always a good thing, Stephan was able to take away more from his job experience than just money:
“[I learned] how to take control, how to be a leader,” he says.
These were just a few of the numerous students that took a leap to expand their skill-set, as well as to obtain job experience and a feel for the work environment that will prepare them and benefit them in the future.