National Keep Kids Creative Week on September, 2024: How can a 13yr old make $3000 in 2yrs?

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How can a 13yr old make $3000 in 2yrs?

Do you think you can make 5$ a day? It could be 4$ with interest, but 5 is more realistic, especially since your time will be a little under 2 years, not 2 years.

3000$ = 1500 a year = 125 a month or just over 30$ a week.

A job is basically the only real source of constant money, so your best bet is to try simple jobs, AKA mowing lawns, shoveling driveways, etc. 6 driveways at 5$ each, every week, you are set.

But you can google basic jobs for people your age and they will come out with all types, just like that.

Or, you could get creative. One of the easier ways to make money is to join extracurricular activities at your school.

When I was that age, I would join clubs and enter contests. There were some speech contests hosted by different organizations. Most of the time, the local level only had like 3 competitors. So if I could out-present two other people, I would walk away with a 50$ prize. Some had a competition once every two months.

Some other clubs have regional, state, and national competitions. Winning some of those competitions will give you money, scholarships, or prizes. A good prize money organization is FBLA, if you take like 1, 2, or 3rd place. But these are dependent upon donations or other people. The most I have made this way was 1500$ by submitting an essay and application, and $1000 by 'showing the most potential', but those were when I was a bit older than 13..The coolest prize I received though was a sword..

But one of the easiest ways, though not the most ethical, is fundraising. Being in so many activities in High School, there were many fundraisers going on, with the most popular being Candy sales. Basically, each club member would receive like 20 candy bars *Reeses, Hershey's, etc.* and sell them for $1. When they sold the bag, they would return the money and collect a new one. I would buy additional candy, like Starbursts, M&M's, Smores Bars, etc to supplement my candy bag. I typically sold bags faster than the other kids because I had a bigger variety *so good for the organization because I sold more bags for them* and I would profit by keeping the money over the 20$ per bag.

Some weeks, I made around $70 that way with a school around 2500 kids and some decent advertising skills, selling over 40 pieces of candy a day.

FYI, I bought my first car with cash when I was 16 without having a real job before that, doing things like this (and the stock market).

Some banks will also give you 10, 25, 50$ just for opening an account with them. These little bonus's add up too. You could get like 300$ a year doing this.

Hope that helps, but remember, be creative. There is a way.

Can I get into an Ivy?

Can I get into an Ivy?

Can you get into an Ivy? Absolutely.

I think you know that there are many things about your current stats that are awesome. But Ivy doesn't want mere awesome. Ivy wants awesome and spectacular. And you are on the right track. There is absolutely no doubt about that, kid.

Where you are weak: the spectacular. You have 2 years to get it. I wish I could say that your drive will help - but it doesn't, because for every driven sophomore who wants to go to Harvard, there are 100 driven parents who want their kid to beat you to it. On paper, there is no difference.

But the spectacular is within your reach. Have you taken a look at the Common Application yet? Get your hands on it and study it. Then fill it in with ANYTHING you want to put in there -- like you were writing your future. When you're done, you have a working plan for what you need to do to make your application true.

Applying to Ivies isn't just about the numbers (although it appears you have already got the right stuff to nail those). You need (a) recommendations from your guidance counselor AND teachers AND someone else, (b) the essays, (c) an incredible use of your free time, and (d) world class excellence in "X".

That "X" factor is in your control. If you're playing tournament chess, you want to have a top national ranking. If you run track, you have got to win the state championship (start now). Do something amazing enough to make the newspaper. It can be writing, or something creative or political, or a sport - just get so good at it you are practically a legend. And you will get into an Ivy.

Your essays are a critical part of the application. You should not try to impress the admissions committee. What you want is to connect. You want your essay to ooze sincerity.

My daughter, who was accepted to 2 Ivies, did volunteer work overseas every summer in poor countries. I worked myself to the bone to give her those experiences. She wrote an essay about a baby boy with AIDS who she held when she worked in an AIDS hospital in South Africa, and she was only 15.

Be yourself somewhere out there and surround yourself with people completely unlike anyone you go to school with, completely unlike anyone you live near, totally different. And write about it.

I can't emphasize enough that your essay must be direct and sincere. If it isn't, you risk joining the pool of 20,000 other applicants who sound just like you.

Finally, remember those recommendations. You don't have to cozy up to every teacher you have. Whom do you like? Why? Will s/he help you? Jump through hoops this year and next to impress them. You won't be writing those recs - they will, and you want to give them something special to write about. Share your summer stories with them.

Don't forget, too, that your socioeconomic status is going to weigh your application, too. What do your parents do for a living? Where did they go to college? What's their income now? Committees expect kids from an affluent home to make the most of the opportunities they have; if your father is a business executive and your mom is a teacher, you have to excel at more exotic things, while a kid from the hood just has to work a 40-hour week at MacDonald's while teaching English on the side to immigrant children and coaching Little Leaguers at the PAL, still pulling the 3.51 GPA and stratospheric SATs. Why should you get the advantage of an Ivy diploma instead of the kid on Food Stamps? These are hard answers, but this is reality. The competition is fierce, and it doesn't always come from places you expect.

That said, it sounds to me like you are someone who has his act together. What Ivy would not love to let you in? Keep giving them enough reasons, and you'll go. You can count on it.


I want to go to a good school but I’m not sure if I can?

I want to go to a good school but I'm not sure if I can?


So here is what I have so far



GPA 4.0

4 Clubs

Community Service Through Clubs

3 More Clubs

AP Classes




1 AP Class

3 More Clubs

2 Sports

College Program—Summer

You want to go to college. You will apply for scholarships, financial aid, grants.

Here are my suggestions (I have a Freshman in High School BTW):

1. Keep up with excellent attitude toward your grades and GPA. You are doing super. This will increase your chance at local scholarship support as well as those sponsored by the colleges and universities you are interested in.

2. If you aren't on the Academic Honors Diploma Track then into the Academic Honors Diploma Track. This will allow you into National Honors Society. This matters. This is something that also increases your chances of getting both types of scholarships and other funding for college.

3. Start Preparing for you SAT. The higher the scores…you guessed it…the better your chances…Schools really do look at these scores.

4 Take the PSAT at least twice before you take the SAT…take the SAT your junior year (beginning and end). The more practice the better. I have my kids find three unique words each week. They have to find the definitions. (All of them, verb, noun, adjective if they apply) 3 synonyms each, use it in a sentence/context. They keep them in a "Computer Journal". They are 13 and 15. A 7th and 9th grader. They are also both on Academic Language Arts and Math Team.

5. Start practicing writing essays and interviewing. You will need both skills for scholarship applications.

6. Colleges will look at your activities that is true. They will also look at your attendance and your active participation and contributions to these groups and clubs: So 4 clubs is probably enough. Focus more on becoming an officer and being an active, productive, and memorable participant. This way if asked about you the leader will have many positive contributions to comment on and likewise you can actually write about accomplishments rather than just listing you were a member. There is a drastic difference in the two and admission/scholarship committees look at this, especially when it is a highly competitive atmosphere...this can make the difference. A sport or two that you are good at and add to the team is good in a positive way would be good as well. However if you just sit the bench etc...then why add the stress of a practice schedule etc. You don’t want to add something just to add something. Selection committees know when someone is just “padding” an application resume.

7. Remember to have fun and have a healthy social life. Universities look for well-rounded applicants who are a “whole” person. They like to know that their selection will be able to handle pressure and life challenges. They like to see that the student has a social and creative outlet in their life. The student is after all representing their organization or school. So having positive outlets and social skills shows the selection committees that you have good life/school balance, positive coping skills and strategies, stress management, and time management skills as well as a support system. On any scholarship or college application there are going to be questions about your social and personal interests what your hobbies and likes/dislikes are as well as your family life. Yes your future is important but you are still a child and you don’t want to forget that. You need to enjoy yourself whether you are an adult or a child. Find some hobbies and time to relax. Find something that makes you truly happy. You can work this into your applications.

8. Do not get a job. Studies have shown that in students that work during high school a job has a very detrimental effect on grades, GPA and standardized test scores. There are correlations to increased stress hormone levels and to sleep problems, such as less REM sleep, trouble falling asleep, and trouble getting back to sleep after waking. Teenagers already don't get enough sleep on average no need to add to this problem. There is also a correlation between teens/working and an increased dissatisfaction with parents or feelings of resentment for having to work. Last working teens showed increased feelings of anxiety associated with time and having time to complete required school related tasks.

Loans seem daunting and yes you want to take out the least amount. I ended up with some student loan debt for undergrad and grad school. Once I started working it wasn't so bad. The payments were low, the interest was low, and there were lots of payment plan options. There were also deferment periods in the beginning. As long as you are responsible you will be fine.

So take a deep breath and take it day by day. You are on the right path. Stay true and don’t over do it. Enjoy yourself and stay on track and success will come to you!

Good Luck Kiddo! You will be fine. 

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