Turning 16 is a right of passage. For many youth it means the freedom of the open road by getting their driver’s license, but it can also mean a bit of financial freedom in the form of a summer job. One Neuse Charter School student combined his passion for the classroom with his desire to earn a little extra spending money.
William House, known by his friends as Isaac, helped children across Johnston County learn about oceanography through the widely popular program Science in the Summer. Sponsored by GSK and UNC, the program provides a week-long, half-day, science themed course to kids in elementary and middle school. This was House’s first year as a classroom instructor in the program.
While summer jobs means summer salaries, House wasn’t just in it for the paycheck. “I knew it would be fun to work with kids,” he said. “I thought that the added benefit of teaching them pivotal scientific information before they go more in depth with it later in their schooling was too good to pass up.”
House was able to tailor a work program that kept him in Johnston County and only working a couple of weeks of his summer vacation.
He found out about the position through NCS morning announcements and asked his English teacher, Ms. Antongiovanni, for a recommendation. He worked hard on his resume and prepared himself for the interview.
“It definitely takes time and patience,” he said. “Your resume needs to be the best it possibly can and you should always be prepared to answer any questions you're asked, whether it's during the interview or throughout training.”
House plans to use this experience to further his life-long goals of becoming a pediatrician.
“The benefit of working with children and providing them with scientific information and fun experiments helped me a lot in shaping what I want to do.”
While House knows this summer job was invaluable to his future, the immediate benefits of earning some extra money weren’t bad either. “Cars aren’t cheap,” he said.
House is just one of many NCS students to hold a summer job, help their community and demonstrate the best of what our school has to offer.