The summer is fast approaching, and you know what that means? It’s time to make plans to spend these 105 days productively! Whether you’re staying on campus, going back home, or traveling to a whole new destination, here are some things you can do to make this summer count!
1. Get a job or an internship
One of the most important things for any career is work experience, and the skills that come along with that experience. Potential employers are always looking for candidates who have great communicative and inter-personable skills, an ability to work as part of a team, and experience in a professional setting. So, even if you work as a camp counselor or a lifeguard, it’s another thing to put on your resume.
Also, another great way to work toward your chosen major is by shadowing professionals or getting an internship in that field. For example, a potential EMT can volunteer in an emergency room at a hospital. Somebody interested in research can shadow a professor or work with a company doing research in their chosen area.
Overall, there are unlimited opportunities for you out there—you just have to find them. A good way to start is by making a LinkedIn profile, or contacting previous or current employers.
2. Summer courses
Are you one of those people who wants to take a hundred different classes, but don’t want to overload? Then, summer classes are for you! You can choose from around 100 course selections and take up to 12 credits at the University of Rochester. If that doesn’t work, think about taking courses at a college near your house, and then transfer the credits as necessary.
Another way you can pursue your interests is through online courses. A lot of colleges and universities offer short-term courses on a variety of topics, ranging from computer programming to ancient history, to business management and astrophysics. Websites like Coursera, Udemy and EdX are super helpful if you’re looking to learn something new and don’t know where to start.
3. Plan for the future/your major
Don’t know where you’re going with your major? No worries! The summer is a great time to think about your future—courses, internships, skills, etc. As a biomedical engineering major, I have some idea about the things I want to do next year: study abroad, my concentration, potential internships, etc. I even planned out what the next three years are going to be like, schedule wise. Planning in advance never goes to waste, so why not start now?
4. Take a break!
If you’re a rising sophomore and need a much-needed break from college, then maybe taking it easy this summer is the right option for you. Take a trip to a new location, spend time with your friends and family, or even, learn how to do something new. Pick up a hobby like music, art or dance, or if you’re feeling adventurous, cooking! Take advantage of the good weather, and do whatever you want this summer; there’s a good chance you’ll never have this much free time again.
To conclude, I would say that there are unlimited opportunities for you to avail this summer, whether it’s a job, a course, or a break. it’s completely your decision to make, but just keep in mind—your summer is what you make of it!