One great summer ritual is to slow down and smell the roses. This summer, consider volunteering some of your time.
I know, you think I'm going to tell you to volunteer because it "looks great on your college applications."
Let me be clear: Volunteering just because it might look good on your college application is precisely the wrong reason to volunteer.
One easy way to start volunteering is to help out younger students. I love how younger students LOVE IT when older students spend time with them. They think the "big kids" are awesome. As long as you are kind, do the work that your volunteer coordinators request, and listen to the "little kids," you will do fine.
Barrington High School has posted these volunteer opportunities for high school students. If you haven't volunteered much in the past, or haven't tried working with younger kids, these are great opportunities to try out.
Oh, and it will look good on your college application. But only if you do it to be there for others. Because if you do it only because of what is in it for you, then it's not really volunteering. And believe it or not, college recruiters can tell the difference.
Shepherding our children to adulthood demands our love, our attention, and our acceptance of who they are.