Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer...
...because it teaches you how to think.
Knowing how to program is an incredibly important skill that is becoming more and more valuable as technology is becoming extremely important in our everyday lives.
And even if you don't plan to be a tech-savvy computer geek who is shaping the future, programming can still greatly help you reach your goals.
I have met many mathematicians, biologists, chemists, statisticians, and accountants who used their programming knowledge to make programs that help them reach their goals.
Many scientists who conduct research program their own applications that help them conduct research or properly store/interpret data.
I have met accountants who used programming to make Excel application tools and other database tools.
If for no other reason, one should learn how to program because it teaches you how to think and solve problems efficiently. You would be surprised how much of an impact computer programming has on one's ability to solve complex problems.
Take 5 minutes to watch this video. You don't have to be a computer genius to know how to program, and you do not have to devote years of time to become a programming master.
Do something useful with your summer, learn how to program!