Congratulations–another semester down! During the months off that you have, what should you do to have a productive summer? Here are some tips on what college students should do during their summer break.
1) Summer Class
I know, I know–you don’t want to think about school during the summer. However, taking at least an additional course during the summer can help lighten your load later on, help you graduate early, or help you catch up if you are behind. Now, before you shoot me, consider this: In High School you are used to getting out in later June, not early to mid May like most colleges now. Consider also: many college summer courses start right after the Spring semester and end by the end of May or early June. There are different summer “semesters,” however, but if you can get one during the first go around it’s definitely worth it. Though you will have a somewhat tough couple of weeks, you’ll get a full class out of the way now instead of dragging it out for 15 weeks later.
You put a lot of effort in during your semester (or summer class!) so now is the time to relax. Take some days to go to the beach, or even go on vacation! Recharge your batteries for the upcoming school year and you’ll be better off for it. Our bodies were never meant to continually run, run, run without any rest–so get some relaxation time and make it a priority!
3) Work more
Chances are, like most college students, you work part time during the semester (maybe between 15-20 hours). Now that you aren’t in school, though, I suggest you gain more hours at your job or even get a second part time job. This way you’ll be working anywhere from 25-35 hours (or more if you can) and thus be making more money to pay off loans, purchase books, etc. Remember, in the real world you will have to work during the summer; why not start now?
4) Intern somewhere
Try an find an internship in a field that you are studying; ask around at your college and see if they know of anything that is available. Although it’s always possible you won’t get paid for it, it will provide you with valuable experience. This might make your summer a little busier, but it will be worth it in the long run. When you graduate, you might have a lot of internship experience, which will help you get a job.
5) Volunteer somewhere
If you cannot find an appropriate internship, try volunteering somewhere. This way, you will get to set your own hours (for the most part) and be able to put it on your resume’ and even do something good for the community. Try, if possible, to find something that is related to what you are studying. You might have to be creative, but you should be able to come up with something. For example, an English student can try and volunteer at a library; even if it’s just to clean or stock the shelves, you should be able to learn more about how a library runs and be around the employees who have been educated in English and library studies. Eventually, you might do so well there that they give your more responsibilities that are closer to what you want to do.