The first half of summer break has passed and you’ve taken time to recharge and catch up on sleep. You might be asking yourself, what’s next? A summer at college can be extremely rewarding if you take advantage of your free time--you might come across a new hobby or an amazing opportunity that will be beneficial to your education and career. You don’t have to study abroad or move to a big city to make the most of your summer. If you’re stuck on where to start, try one of these ideas:
Summer is the perfect time to get started on a project or hobby you’ve been dreaming about. If you have been putting off taking a cooking class, starting a side hustle for extra cash or joining a gym, there’s no time like the present. If you don’t know where to start, make a list of personal goals for the next few months and think of ways to work toward them. For example, you really want to take a fun trip over Fall Break, but you know your parents won’t fund it. Apply for a part-time job on campus or get creative and come up with ways to earn extra money. The most important point to remember is don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Be sure to check out Clemson's Student Affairs website for on campus job postings, volunteer work, and activities.You never know, you could find a new passion or something to further your future career.
Get Hands-on Experience
While you might be too busy during the semester to commit to an internship or part-time job, summer break gives you the flexibility to gain real-life work experience. Applying for an internship or job within your field of interest can earn you brownie points on your resume to show your future employers. Even if you can’t easily find something within your field or major, there are plenty of ways to gain valuable experience. Working in the service industry—either on campus or off-- is typically a great option for students during summer months. Not only will you be making money, you’ll learn interpersonal skills that can be used in any future career field. Clemson's Center for Career and Professional Development is a great resource for career counseling and finding internship or job opportunities.
Reconnect with Family and Friends
During the semester, it can be difficult to balance school work with a social life. It’s easy to get caught up with busy schedules and responsibilities. Stressing over meeting deadlines and spending nights studying in the library doesn’t exactly leave a lot of time for others. However, it is important to check-in with the people you care about. Summer is a great time to reconnect and spend time with family and friends you don’t get to see often—especially if you go to school far away from them. Take a road trip to see friends at other colleges or host your family to show them your school. It will leave you feeling recharged and ready for a great upcoming semester!
Focus on You
It’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing when you’re in college. Your attention is pulled in so many different directions, it can be very hard to prioritize time for yourself. Summer the ideal season to relax, refocus and recharge—after all, taking care of you will always be important. Engage in activities that are emotionally, spiritually or mentally helpful. For some, this might mean going on one of EPOCH's running trails around the lake or indulging in a good book. For others it’s disconnecting from social media altogether or meditating daily. Whatever it looks like for you, spend some time focusing solely on yourself. Learning to channel this mindset now can help you in stressful situations when the semester is in full swing.
While you may be searching for a solution to cure your summer boredom- make sure to slow down and enjoy your time off from school and deadlines. It’s best to keep a healthy balance of work and play. At EPOCH, we hope these tips will help make your summer more productive and the best one yet!