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1. Fiction: The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith (2013) 

Favorite Sentence: "Buses came and went, slowing down for her and then jerking forward when they realized that she had no interest in getting up and on."

—Picked by Courtney Petersen [Class of 2022, Favorite Summer Job: Tracking down a "rhino footprint expert" (unsuccessfully) in Southern Africa for the entire summer of 2019] 

 
2. Essay: 
The Life-and-Death Consequences of Summer Jobs Programs by Debra Bruno (2017) 

Favorite Sentence: "Hire a kid, save a life." 

—Picked by Mac Bank [Class of 2021, Favorite Summer Job: Judicial Intern (Genesee and Oakland County Circuit Courts)] 


3. Poetry: Summer Job by Michael Chitwood (2014) 

Favorite Lines"and every meaningful thing I had said
                          I had said without a word." 


—Picked by Dalia Ibrahim [Class of 2023, Favorite Summer Job: Nanny for a 2nd grader ("He kept me young and taught me new things every day!")] 

 
Michigan Sentences: Here is an New York Times op-ed co-written by Sara Heller of the University of Michigan Economics Department about the value of summer job programs
Syllabus Sentences: Here are materials I give to students when they are applying for jobs and working on their résumés 

Read
Résumé Review (Chapter 1 of the book version of Good with Words: Writing and Editing)

Watch
6-60-6 (Course 1, Week 1 of the online course version of Good with Words: Writing and Editing
 
Book Recommendations:
  • For good sentences about tech jobs
  • For good sentences about finance jobs
  • For good sentences about nomadic jobs
Notes on Nuance: "Sometimes"

 
Note how the word "sometimes" can be used, before a word, to add a bit more texture and context to a description.

"In retrospect, supremacy can feel inevitable, destined, merited, rather than the result of converging, often arbitrary, sometimes accidental events and conditions."

—Albert Samaha, Concepcion: An Immigrant Family's Fortunes (2021)

 

"Demonstrators staged noisy, sometimes violent protests, driving logging company trucks and tractors to the agency's offices and carrying banners."

—Richard Conniff, "Chasing the Illegal Loggers Looting the Amazon Rainforest" (2017)
 

Additional Resources
                                              
Online Courses

Good with Words: Speaking and Presenting
Good with Words: Writing and Editing
Books   

Good with Words: Speaking and Presenting
Good with Words: Writing and Editing  
Notes on Nuance                                                    
The Syntax of Sports: Class 1 
The Syntax of Sports: Class 2
The Syntax of Sports: Class 3 
The Syntax of Sports: Class 4
Summer Job Memories
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Maya Lin, and Cheryl Strayed on What They Learned from Their Summer Jobs (Time, 2017)

 
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