Madison and Makena Frink will travel to London this summer to work in the culinary and restaurant management business.
Oaks Christian Online (OCO) High School juniors and twins, Madison and Makena Frink, have just been accepted to work with Discovery Internships in the culinary and restaurant management business this summer. The sisters will be interning at two local, London restaurants and staying at a dormitory with other internship students from throughout Europe. The application process was rigorous and consisted of submitting their current grades, applications and recommendation letters from their AP English Online Language teacher and College Counselor. Both students are anxious about the opportunity to live on their own, see London and participate in day trips to other parts of the UK and perhaps Paris. Madison says, “We’re a little nervous about traveling on our own, but there are advisors there to help, and it should be a great adventure.”
The real motivation for traveling in the summer after their junior year, though, is that the girls have learned the value of summer experiences for the college application process. Their brother worked in a hospital the summer after his junior year, and is now in a Biology program at Washington University in St. Louis. The girls’ father, John Frink – a writer for the Simpson’s television show – also encouraged and supported experiential education in their junior year. Madison and Makena hope to be business majors and attend schools such as Vanderbilt or Duke. They participate in many after school activities such as Beach Volleyball leagues and volunteer volleyball coaching at a local elementary school to round out their busy, college-preparatory lives, but this internship directly relates to the kind of work they would like to be doing after college. Although they were strong students before beginning with Oaks Christian Online School, both students say they believe that working online has actually increased their college admissions options. “We have taken more rigorous high school courses online and have shown we can work completely independently. With on campus science labs and regular college trips and tours, we rarely miss the social aspects of traditional school. We’re excited about our upcoming London trip and how it will enhance what we’ve already been doing for our college options next year.”
The main campus of Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, CA opened in the fall of 2000 and Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) opened for full-time, online students in the fall of 2011. One of the nation's finest accredited online schools, Oaks Christian Online High School provides a rigorous, NCAA approved, college-preparatory education for high school students all around the world in a Christian environment. OCO and Oaks Christian School are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as by the Southern Association of Independent Schools. Oaks Christian Online School continues to enroll part-time and full-time students throughout the school year and regularly hosts information sessions on its main campus – 31749 La Tienda Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362, as well as virtual information sessions for prospective student families. Interested students can visit the website https://www.oakschristianonline.org to R.S.V.P.