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Make Your Summer Vacation Work for You

Jun 03, 2011

After a school year of hard work, you may be tempted to spend your summer vacation lounging around. But there several things you can do to be a little more productive during those months without sacrificing having fun.

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By Jessica Lyons

Complete an Internship

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During a regular school term, it can feel like too much to do an internship on top of handling all your class commitments. Completing one during the summer months instead could seem much more manageable. With fewer commitments to juggle, you can really focus on your internship work so that you can get the most out of the experience.

Volunteer in Your Field

Another way to get experience in your field could be by exploring related volunteer opportunities. For instance, if you are studying child care, you might want to volunteer at a summer camp program. This will give you the chance to get hands on experience working with kids. It will also be good to have that experience to put on your resume.

Study Abroad

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Imagine a summer vacation spent in another country. Appealing, isn't it? By taking advantage of your school's study abroad program, you can see the world, take some classes and earn more credits towards your degree. It's an experience you're sure to always remember and value.

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Get a Paying Job

Of course, if you can get field related experience and make money at the same time, go for it! Take a look to see if there are any paid summer jobs related to your area of study. Combining work experience with a paycheck is sure to be a win-win situation.

See What You've Been Missing

Maybe a busy freshmen year kept you from fully experiencing college. During the summer, take a look at your school's activities to see what ones you want to join but haven't yet, and even take a glance at the course guide to see if there are classes you're interested in taking. It will be like making a to-do list for your remaining college years so you're better prepared.

Take a Summer Course

Depending on how demanding your degree program is, you might want to consider taking some classes during your vacation. For instance, if you're a double major and a double minor, it might alleviate some stress if you get a jump on credit requirements during the summer. Earning enough summer credits could also be a way to finish school a semester or two sooner.

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