Hey guys! As you all know, (and are most likely counting down every second to) summer is almost here! In less than a month, we can all wave goodbye to another year and being summer 2k16! While it’s important to relax and decompress from your year at school, don’t forget that summer is the perfect time to be productive and do things that will propel you into your awesome future awaiting you! Here are a few suggestions of things that you could consider doing this summer instead of just laying around:
- Go to summer school– I know, I know. Why on earth would you spend even a second sitting in a classroom this summer when that’s all you’ve done all year? I always think the same thing. However, summer is the perfect time to either take that class that you couldn’t fit into your schedule during the school year because it required too much time or studying. I use summer to take my harder classes because I can focus on just that class as opposed to that and 4 other classes. I find it easier to study and stay motivated in the summer. Or, you could take classes in the summer to get ahead so that your course load during the year is lighter.
- Get experience– Summer is literally the best time to gain all the experience that grad schools/jobs want you to have when you graduate but never seem to actually have time to get. Want to go to med school? Use the summer to volunteer at hospitals or participate in undergrad research that med schools with inevitably require you to have. Going into finance? Try to score that internship at a local firm to give you real life experience in the job setting you want to be a part of. Trying to get a dietetic internship? Spend the summer working at Fontbonne’s Camp F.R.E.S.H. or at volunteering at local food banks to get the dietetic experience that future internship preceptors want to see filling up your resume. Opportunities like these exist everywhere, you just need to find them. Ask your professors and advisors for help. They often have plenty of ideas waiting for students to take
- Work-If school, volunteering, or internships are not in your plans this summer, that’s fine! Work instead. No matter what job you have, you will be getting benefits. Not only will having a job give you something to do everyday and cash to spend, but it will also teach you valuable things like working on a team, time management, and responsibility that you can carry with you through life.
What are your plans this summer? Make it a good one!
Oh my gosh can you believe that this summer is almost here?! Though really we will still be in the season of spring until the ending of June, summer vacation is so close! I have been doing my best not to wish this semester away and get stuck by spring fever. So far I have been doing well, though on a day like today, what more could one ask for? I love planning summer vacation, with all of the possibilities ahead: road trips, having a summer job, or three at least in my case. I hope to have the time to go and visit some friends and family actually up north, since the snow has melted and warmer temperatures have arrived. This summer shall be a blast and my goal is to take each day one day at a time because really that is all I have in front of me. Sure I have seven more days as a sophomore within the semester, but with each of these days I can take one at a time as well.
As for my summer plans, really I have a lot planned in the end. I have at least 3 jobs in line that should span across the entire summer though each on different days that do not cause conflict with planning. Also, I shall be taking at least two classes at Meramec Community College, one online and the other one will be on campus at least once a week though for about three hours. I find that taking classes during the summer helps lighten my course load through the main semesters where I am a full-time student. This time around with taking a class online, I had one of my friends sign up with me who also needed to take a history class, so that way I will have someone else holding me accountable for doing homework. I shall do the same for my friend since I want what is best for her in return.
Along with having about three jobs and taking two classes at Meramec, I am pretty excited about volunteering with various organizations. For starters I am excited about going back to St. Louis Children’s Hospital and volunteering at least two days a week for a few hours, where I can spend time with patients and give of my time. Along with volunteering at Children’s Hospital, I anticipate returning to Springfield, Missouri to volunteer at two weekend retreats with a total of about 6,000+ teenagers and chaperones and youth ministers called Steubenville. This weekend can be just about the peak of any teenager’s summer, at least a teenager who is in love with their youth group and growing more as a person. Now that is not the exact criteria to attend such retreats, because I think that any teenager can really attend this retreat weekend and create new experiences. And last, I hope to return to a Vacation Bible School that I have volunteered at since I attended as a kid.
I cannot wait to plan road trips with friends, take an adventure and let the summer begin!
This summer I am taking a two week class at Fontbonne that is worth three credit hours. I like it because its worth a lot of hours in a short period of time. Even though the class is four hours long, we get breaks in between. It isn’t as bad as I thought it would be and sometimes we can get out early. It sucks that I don’t have a car though because when we get out early, I just have to sit somewhere and wait until it’s time for me to go to work. However I would recommend taking a two-week class but I do warn you — coming on time is crucial. In a two week class, skipping class is not an option.
How is your 2013 summer?
For me, this summer is a season for learning and doing.
During this summer, I have classes plus volunteering at a hospital. Actually, this is my first time to take summer classes. Before taking summer classes, I had heard about summer classes were easier than regular classes. Unfortunately, it is not true, at least for my graduate level classes. Although all my graduate classes are challenging, summer classes are harder to undertake, since we have so many research papers and projects that need to be finished in 8 weeks instead of 16 weeks; therefore it’s more condensed. Actually, my classmate just figured out that our due dates are nearly every day. If you miss one day, you will lose points. Therefore, I set up daily reminders and alarms to help me submit my assignments on time.
Although this summer is very hard and hot for me, I believe it’s worthy to sacrifice my sleep time to make my 2013 summer more meaningful by working and studying hard for my graduate program. Here are some quotes I want to encourage my classmates and other students who work hard for summer classes.
“There is always a reward in all hard-work and sacrifices, so you must be patient and stay strong in all circumstances” (Nishan Panwar).
“Your hard work might not pay off today or tomorrow, but it will eventually pay off” (Sonya Parker).
By the way, some classmates just asked me about my strategies for time management. The most useful strategy I found is writing down all the due dates on my calendar, and to start working on them as early as I could, so I have time to think, write, and revise it again and again. I’ve always worked very hard to try my best to prevent being a last minute person. I found out “the harder I worked, the luckier I got” (Alan Bond). Hoping this strategy also helps my blogger readers.