Robin Goodman: Oh, no, no, Nooo!

My son, Ben Goodman, asked me to write a letter for him, explaining how I felt and my reactions when he first told me that he would not be coming home for the summer and instead would be selling books – DOOR TO DOOR – in a different part of the country. So, here goes… Ben came home at spring … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRobin Goodman: Oh, no, no, Nooo!

Andres Gamboa: Dear Parents,

Dear Parents, I would like to start by saying that I am not a parent, therefore, take this advice as you will. During my freshman year of college I was approached by a fellow student named Steve who spoke to me about a summer internship opportunity. Over the phone, Steve told me all about this program where “the average student … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAndres Gamboa: Dear Parents,

Barb Yo – Be careful to entertain strangers (Hebrews 13:2)

On Mothers day of 2015 I got a surprising gift. The day before I had been telling Mark that it felt so weird to have an empty bedroom, for the first time in decades! Little did we know that God was going to fill it. Literally the next day we were asked by 4 college students from Florida if we … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBarb Yo – Be careful to entertain strangers (Hebrews 13:2)

Rick Whitcomb: It takes a special person with a courageous heart

My daughter participates in this program. I pose a few questions for which we should all consider: Can you appreciate our younger generation working hard?  You bet! I saw my mother and father, who were part of the “greatest generation ever,” work hard each and every day.  Hard work is not as common as it used to be for the … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRick Whitcomb: It takes a special person with a courageous heart

Raising Risk-Takers

This article is a re-post that was originally published in Huffington Post. The original article can be found here.  Here in the Washington, D.C., area, there’s a story that has generated a lot of attention: The case of the free-range parents. A Maryland couple has allowed their 10- and 6-year-olds to play outside and walk home from a park, unsupervised, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRaising Risk-Takers

Brandon Abernathy – A Letter From a Southwestern Advantage Parent

Dear Caring and Concerned Family, As a parent, we want to protect our children at all costs. When my son Brandon Abernathy told me about a summer internship with Southwestern Advantage selling books, I was very skeptical. I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the idea of allowing my son to go to a different state and stay and work with strangers. … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBrandon Abernathy – A Letter From a Southwestern Advantage Parent

Kitty Clemens – Southwestern Advantage, a company that cares

Kitty Clemens – Kitty has had three children work with Southwestern Advantage I could write you all about the things we have seen happening in our daughter, Charlotte, since she started working for Southwestern.  I could tell you that we, as parents, were not too keen on what she got herself into at the time. This is about 9 years … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKitty Clemens – Southwestern Advantage, a company that cares

Channing Porter – Freshman daughter takes on the Southwestern summer program

Channing Porter – University of Maryland The first time I heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer sales program I was a freshman at the University of Maryland. I was in astronomy class and some guy made an announcement and passed a survey out about a summer internship. I filled it out because I thought I would keep my options open for … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChanning Porter – Freshman daughter takes on the Southwestern summer program

Debbie Dawson – How a Mom’s Journey Began

Debbie Dawson – Debbie’s son Alex has worked with Southwestern Advantage 3 summers Debbie currently works at Ferris State University where she is the Director of the School of Computer, Electrical, Energy, and Survey Systems. “Mom, Mom… I have a possible summer internship!” “Way Cool! What is it?” “Sales! And they need you to be part of the interview.” With … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDebbie Dawson – How a Mom’s Journey Began

Lori Gaither – Being my son’s biggest fan

Lori Gaither – Lori’s son Logan worked with Southwestern Advantage while at the University of Arizona Looking back at my first response to the Southwestern Advantage program I cannot help but laugh. We, as parents, sure can be funny sometimes! We raise our kids up for 18 or so years teaching them to be responsible, accountable, and independent. Then they … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLori Gaither – Being my son’s biggest fan

Alena Arendt – Small town Nebraska girl meets the suburbs of Philadelphia

Alena Arendt – Sioux City, Iowa I remember the first time I heard about the Southwestern Advantage program – I was about 12 years old.  I didn’t have the traditional “book kid” experience that most get – as my dad and four of my aunts and uncles have all taken to the Bookfield.  Honestly, I didn’t know much about it, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAlena Arendt – Small town Nebraska girl meets the suburbs of Philadelphia

Mark Silvestro – A parent’s concerns about the Southwestern Internship

Mark Silvestro – University of Maryland During my American Government class in the large lecture hall of Maryland’s Tydings Hall, I quickly filled out a yellow questionnaire that had something to do with hearing about summer work. Honestly, I wasn’t paying attention. My then-girlfriend at the time, Lisa, was sitting next to me. She was more interesting than class and … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMark Silvestro – A parent’s concerns about the Southwestern Internship