With summer fast approaching, you might think most Darien students would be taking time off from their busy schedules . But you would be wrong, at least in some cases. Teens like Patricia Cadareanu and Cameron Wong will be spending their summers working, volunteering and preparing for next year.
"A lot of kids do scholarly things. Especially juniors, who college-visit and do an intense amount of SAT prep," said Cadareanu, a senior. Because she is Canadian she is not eligible to get a job, but she will be dividing her time between volunteering for the Musical Theater Workshop at Darien High School and the Stamford Museum & Nature Center .
Wong is a sophomore and will be working his first job ever at Wild Ginger Dumpling House. In addition, he said he will start preparing for the SATs and getting ready to be captain of the math team next year.
"I might start prepping. Nothing too excessive, but I don't want to become rusty," he said.
Cadareanu and Wong feel that while students in Darien aren't as overscheduled and stressed out in the summer as they might be during the school year, many still like to keep busy. Many kids are able to find jobs through parents or friends, and those who don't spend their time tutoring, babysitting, volunteering or going to academic or sports camps.
Cadareanu acknowledges that summers aren't like the old days, when kids would take three months off from responsibilities. But she insists that she only does what she loves. "I love going to MTW. I'm not doing it for the volunteerism, but I know a lot of kids who volunteer just so they can have something to put on their college apps," she said.
But the summer won't be all work and no play. Wong will probably be doing some camping and going on a vacation with his family, and Cadareanu says she might be visiting her grandmother in Romania.
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