Freshman Year

This Is Your Year To Explore Possibilities

Check out this site for a fun and informative checklist into how to kick-start your college and career plans:

Every Year:

  • At the first of the year, revisit your four-year plan for high school classes.
  • Do your best in all class work.
  • Establish strong study habits and time management skills.
  • Participate in student/parent career planning opportunities.
  • Allow time to read newspapers, magazines, and books.  Reading different types of literature better prepares you for placement and entrance exams for college & career.

Freshmen Year:

  • Enjoy School! This is a time when you are developing as a student and a person.
  • Use the library.
  • Visit the Career Center.
  • Pursue extracurricular activities. Join or start a club.
  • Evaluate your college-financing plan.
  • In the spring, review your curriculum plan. Ensure that your scheduling requests for sophomore year meet your career/education goals.
  • Get  involved in your community by being of service to others.
  • Find some internships or a hobbies that could potentially turn into a career.

Here are some websites for possible internships:

Lane workforce

For Youth

several volunteer positions exist within the Willamalane Park and Recreation District, especially with the youth programs and special events.  Although many opportunities are available for Marist students, Zack Bassett, Sports and Recreation Coordinator for Willamalane suggests these three programs for Marist students:
1.  Leaders in Training
2.  Youth Action Council
3.  Babysitter Training 

The Science Factory

“Summer Camp Counselors: The Science Factory runs nine weeks of summer camps that serve over 400 kids from ages 3 to 14. We need counselors in every classroom, every day. Join us for one week, or for the whole summer. You will assist the teachers in delivering fun, hands-on lessons and lead the kids through lunch activities.”

Food for Lane County
Food for Lane County offers several opportunities for volunteering over the summer. BTW, they think that Marist students are awesome! Contact Sheyla Norte at Food for Lane Co. if interested in any of these volunteer positions,

Food Rescue Express

packaging rescued food – in our industrial kitchen at 770 Bailey Hill Rd
Weekday evenings 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Call for first visit (then self-scheduling)

Day Kitchen

food prep for the Dining Room serving 300 meals a day in industrial kitchen on Bailey Hill
1 – 4pm (2 – 5pm during Summer Lunch)
Call for first visit then self-scheduling

Organic Gardening (3 huge gardens)
“Walk-in” hours from 9am to 4pm Tuesday thru Saturday
Call for locations and days available

Summer Lunch Program

(making lunches for children at the Bailey Hill kitchen – begins June 22)
8am to noon week days
Call for first visit (then self-scheduling)

University of Oregon
This site is a good reference point for Eugene area and U of O camps and classes.

This is the U of O’s Summer Enrichment Program through their talented and gifted department. This link also includes another link to a volunteer application for high schoolers interested in being a junior counselor at these camps. An application fee of $50 is required to apply to this program.

“The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) is a University of Oregon program led by volunteer faculty, and aimed at increasing students’ enrollment and success in college. SAIL invites 8th through 12th grade students that qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program to attend FREE, annual academic summer camps until they graduate from high school.” Feel free to browse their site to see if you qualify to apply to the camp. *Check with your counselor if you are unsure if you qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
“The JSMA offers an active program for youth and families. Programs include art classes for elementary and secondary school students in the JSMA’s art studio and off-site at local elementary and middle schools during the school year; art camps during school breaks; Family Days which feature art projects inspired by museum exhibitions, music and theatrical performances, and family-friendly tours; and ArtPacks, self-guided gallery activities for families.”

Young Entrepreneurs Business Week

“The mission of YEBW is to build the next generation of business leaders. Our one-of-a-kind business and leadership programs aid in strengthening the future of Oregon and its high school student participants by producing week-long, hands-on learning experiences at the University of Portland (UP) and Oregon State University (OSU) campuses.” Best described on this page, including a YouTube video.

Tuition is $795 for the week, but students are encouraged to fundraise for this cost, as donations for tuition are tax deductible. College credit is also a possibility, so check the site for details.