Hitting the beach, sleeping in and soaking up as much sun as possible are activities most students look forward to during summer vacation. A lot can happen during summer, but choosing what to do during the time off from school starts many months before summer break.
A Ministry and Summer Job Fair was held Feb. 5 at California Baptist University to inform students of the many possible summer-work opportunities.
Ponderosa Pines Chris-tian Camp, Invisible Children, Sea World–San Diego and Wycliffe Bible Translators were among the summer camps and ministry organizations present at the job fair. Most of the groups offered paid summer employment or internships.
At the Mount Hermon Christian Camp and Conference Center booth, Ruth Nyquist, junior graphic design major, explained how she worked as a photographer at the high school ranch last summer.
By working at Mount Hermon, Nyquist was able to live and work at the camp, better developing her photography skills.
“I wanted to work with something with photography,” Nyquist said of the summer ministry.
Besides providing room and board, working at a summer camp also proves spiritually beneficial for students.
“Being able to grow myself and really learn what the campers learn each week, I am able to challenge myself and grow in the Lord,” said Brandon Fries, senior sociology major who has worked four summers at Hume Lake Christian Camps.
Calen Plouffe, senior kinesiology major, met Fries while working at Hume Lake. After meeting over the summer, Fries and Plouffe were able to stay connected because they both attend CBU.
Beyond camps, some students are serving through CBU’s Interna-tional Service Projects and United States Projects.
“I wanted to not just sit around all summer,” said Sam Scisson, senior graphic design major. “I wanted to be able to get out and serve.”
Since this is her first ISP teaming, she said she feels it is going to be a life-changing experience. Scissons and her team will travel to Thailand with open hearts to help people in any way they can.
Whether working at a summer camp, serving an ISP team, being involved with an internship or just relaxing, summer is a time for change and new experiences.