Thursday, May 24, 2012

Career Day, Part Deux

Tuesday, I manned a Career Day table at one of our local public high schools, Canyon Crest Academy. What a difference between high school and middle school students!!! While I love the insane amount of energy middle-schoolers possess, it was kind of refreshing to have kids come to my table for reasons other than chocolate! That said, here are some other major differences I encountered:

1. High school kids interested in writing are serious about it. I had a great time chatting with several of the students who came by my table, but a few of them came back multiple times to ask more in-depth questions (thanks, Amy K.!). Made me think I should definitely take up the Creative Writing teacher who asked me to speak to her class on her offer.

2. A lot of high school kids are too cool for Career Day. Even if interested in a certain profession, they'll casually glance at your display, taking stealth notes, then practically run if asked if they have any questions.

3. Instead of having to pace giveaways, holding back so no one kid grabs the whole container's worth of swag, high school students need to be informed that it's all right to take a pen (or a chocolate, a water bottle, etc.).

4. Just like at the middle school, everyone had fun looking at the novels I had brought with me, but no one cared about all the writing books I'd read. Next time, I'll print a list of the writing books rather than physically drag them with me.

5. Last but not least, high school students aren't afraid to ask amazingly candid and/or bizarre questions. My favorite: one joker asked me, "So is the book you're writing anything like Fifty Shades of Grey?" When I told him no, explaining how those books are shelved in a different section, he goes, "Too bad. If it was, I'd read it."

All in all, a fun day.  ; )


Adrienne said...

Interesting comparison - there's quite a difference in those age groups. I've noticed high school kids seem to have less time to read for fun. I wonder if that has an effect on their interest in writing.

Ara Burklund said...

I think you're right, Adrienne--all the assigned reading high school student have makes reading a chore rather than a pleasure. So sad!

Dana Elmendorf said...

That's so awesome you did that. What a great way to market yourself as an author too!

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Dana! It was a lot of fun. : )

Leslie S. Rose said...

I am tripping out over the Fifty Shades of Gray comment. It is exciting to hear that there are some young writers already on the road. Yay to you for providing that first authentic connection for them.

Ara Burklund said...

I know--crazy, huh. If I had to guess, I'd say that kid must be pretty extroverted for asking such a bold question!