When the spring semester comes to an end, students are anticipating summer time off. So, if you had a rough semester and it’s finally taken its toll on your stress levels, you need a well-deserved break. However, you may be used to a fast-paced lifestyle and now asking yourself, “What am I going to do with all this free time?” There are plenty of fun &exciting things to keep yourself entertained this summer!
Catch up with friends: Most likely you parted ways with most, if not all your high school friends. Now that you have some time off from school, get in touch with your old friends and catch up on life. Go camping, see a movie, or even a beach trip if you live nearby water.
Internship: Your summer break is actually a great time complete an internship! They not only help you expand on your education and experience in your field, but they also increase your chances of getting hired after graduation. Even if you’re still unsure about your career path, an internship is a great opportunity for you to explore career options, while building your resume.
Summer job: If you are not interning over the break, consider getting a part-time job. Employers know when summer starts, there's an influx of younger adults searching for jobs, especially at restaurants, small shops and retail stores. Even though it’s short-term, money is money. Save as much as you can because this will help the following academic year.
Summer semester: Whether you want to take a convenient online class or stay on campus with in-person classes, a summer semester is beneficial for students who need to catch up in credits or can't take a full course load during the fall/spring semesters. What’s nice about these classes, is that they’re shorter – usually around 7 weeks.
Travel: If you have the money, plan a trip either with your friends back home or with your new college friends. If you have the time, you might as well take advantage of it. Take a road trip to explore new cities or fly somewhere you've always wanted to go!
Spend time with family: If you are attending a college out of town or out of state, spending quality time with your family is always a good idea. Go to the movies, play games, cookout, or even just watch some TV with them. They will appreciate the limited time they get to spend with you!
Volunteer: Another great resume builder, signing up as a volunteer provides you with a chance to learn new skills and expand your perspective on life around you. Volunteering can include: cleaning up the environment, feeding the homeless, helping with animals, helping with children in the community; the list is endless!
Catch up on your reading (the fun books): You may be tired of reading for school, but now you have the time and the CHOICE of what you want to read as opposed to being required to! Visit your local public library to rent books or purchase from a bookstore/Amazon. Either way this is a great way to learn something new and keep your reading skills sharp for the following academic year.
Enjoy summer to the fullest, but also take some time to relax and unwind from school. If you’re still in Columbus during the summer, check out these events around the city. Happy summer break!