4 Summer Break Ideas for College Students
Summer break is here, and instead of sleeping all day and partying all night, there are plenty of other things college kids can do to have an eventful and beneficial summer break before classes start up again.
1. Get a summer job.
College is expensive, and if you’re living on your own for the first time, you now realize how money quickly disappears. Instead of cooping up at mom and dad’s all summer, get out and find yourself a job. It can be part time if you want, or you can opt for a full-time job to help you save money for the school year.
Since classes sometimes put too much pressure on you to have a full-time job during the year, a full time job during the summer is a great way to help you get through the following school year without having to rely on ramen noodles every night.
2. Go to summer school
Though it doesn’t sound exciting, summer school can keep you ahead of schedule. If you take enough classes over the summer, you may be able to take less classes your senior year, or you may even be able to graduate early.
If your college is too far for summer school, you can always take classes at your local community college, but you should always check with your school first to make sure that the credits will transfer over. Plus, taking classes at a local community college is far less expensive than classes at four-year universities, so taking a few credit hours during the summer can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
3. Get an internship
Internships look great on your resume when it comes time to finding your first job out of college. Plus, some companies may like the job you do while interning that they offer you a job once you graduate. And given the hard economic times, you should consider yourself lucky to find a job.
If you know your major or know what type of company you want to work for when you graduate, try and find companies in that field for your internship. Not only will it give you experience, but you can also see first hand what these companies do and what working will be like. You may find that you truly do love what you do, or you may find that the industry or profession is not at all what you thought it would be.
If you want to find an internship, check out a www.internships.com for more information.
4. Travel with friends.
Summer is your break away from classes and schedules, and if you have the time and the resources, use it to take a trip. Travel somewhere with friends, whether for a weekend or much longer, and enjoy seeing places you’ve never visited before. Not only will you have fun, but it can provide you with knowledge on places you didn’t know existed.
If you have the travel bug, you should use your summer vacations to see as much as you can. Once you’re in the real world, you won’t have three-month breaks like this that allow you to do whatever it is that you want.
So if you’re not sure what to do with your summer break, consider getting a job or an internship, or take some summer classes or take a trip with your friends. All of these are great ideas, and they’ll help you spend your summer months doing something other than laying around all day.
Ben Myers is a college English professor. He is currently grading a huge stack Hamlet essays. In his spare time, Ben likes to study about learning methods and learning disabilities.