"Brain Drain," summer jobs, advice Hi everyone. School is coming to a close, and I'll be graduating from HS next month. I thought that I should make a little post about my summer plans. I will be attending college this August, and I will be moving out from home (definitely a new experience for me, but given that my family is not in the best situation economically, it may be best to leave the terrible environment). Of course, college is expensive, but I am glad that I will not get in debt because of tuition costs. I originally planned to find a summer job, but after the anxiety from college admissions and school work, I started my search very late. Suffice to say, I do not have anything planned. I applied to about 13 jobs, and received one offer, which I could not accept (they wanted me to work until Aug. 31st, but schools starts Aug. 17th). Quite an enlightening experience with the job application process. I was invited back to my professor's laboratory to do research in a civil-engineering based field. I am definitely interested in the research, as it is one of my potential majors (other possibilities are AEP and MechE), but there is no money involved. I like it more than the potential jobs (e.g. tour guide at a museum, summer camp counselor), but alas, money is pretty important. I suppose that since I really do not have many options the laboratory is not a bad thing to do. It is kind of unfortunate that I could not find a summer job. Perhaps someone knows where I can look. My parents say that it is not a big deal if I can't find a job. My friends say that I should "take the summer off," since the break is so short anyway (a month and a half). But I am afraid of falling behind from my peers, academically. (hence, "brain drain.") Many of my classmates in HS have already taken Multivariable Calculus, and Linear Algebra, among other classes. I have not. I know that many people at College will have already taken these classes. Besides, it is nice to learn these things anyway, and they should not be so difficult. Does anyone know any good books for learning multi and linear algebra? Are there any other topics that I should learn to prepare for the engineering curriculum? Thanks in advance.