Nobody can argue that the most enjoyable way to spend a summer is traveling- experiencing a new culture, beautiful sights, meeting new people. If you are not lucky enough to travel, an internship is the second best way to take advantage of your summer. Many employers now require one, two, or even three internships for an entry-level position, and you need to make your resume competitive. Many internship positions open up during summer months, so don’t be scared to broaden your horizons. Although most internships are unpaid, the experience is invaluable and by working hard you can even turn the internship into a permanent job. If money is a priority, aim for a job that is related to your field. Anything that you can add to your resume is definitely worth doing.
Volunteer work is the most rewarding way to spend a summer because it looks good on resumes, it is a great way to make connections, and it will be spiritually fulfilling. Most professional jobs don’t offer the summer off the way that college does, so college is the perfect time to do volunteer work. In the span of a traditional college career, you only have three summers, so make each one count. On the contrary, if you have decided to relax and simply enjoy your time off, engage yourself in the activities that will keep your mind occupied. For example, you can dedicate yourself to photography, publish a piece of creative writing, take a cooking class, become a college entrepreneur and open a business, enroll in a speed-reading class, etc. The idea is to continue the development of critical thinking skills, interpersonal skills, and leadership skills, so that you can come back in Fall ready to go. Summer school, although the least fun of all the options is the quickest way to get ahead. If summer school is your chosen path or you would like some additional guidance, remember that the Academic Success Office (Augustine 114) will be open all summer ready to help you.
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