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Summer Break what to do?

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I'm not quite sure how to spend my summer break and want to get ahead. So what should I do? Read? Study? Online-courses? #summer #preparing #summer-internship #volunteering #summer-programs

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Katherine’s Answer

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You're on the right track there...

Katherine recommends the following next steps:

  • Volunteering is a perfect way to contribute to your community. Depending on what you're into, contact that organization and ask around. Also, take this time to build your relationships. Your network is a big asset in your life. Maintain old connections that are worth keeping, and also start branching out.
  • Reflect, meditate, call it what you want... you can use this free time to quiet your mind and practice patience and inner peace. You are your biggest investment so take the time to listen to yourself. And be honest about what you want and don't want from life.
  • Cultivate new hobbies and polish up old ones-- playing an instrument, painting, biking, hiking, writing, etc.
  • Read-- be it books, magazines, journals, articles, textbooks. You can expand your literary horizons by diving into genres that you may not have considered before. For example, Russian literature may seem intimidating but if you break it down into bite-sized chunks, the stories and characters are relatable. Or, try scientific papers and learn about the world around you.
  • Taking an online class-- whether you're still in college or out and already working, taking an online class is a great way to learn a new skill or to brush up on old ones. Think about subjects that are either useful to your current academic or professional situation, or simply fun/interesting/entertaining.
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Sheila’s Answer

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Hi Kiara:

This a very good question and thank you for asking it. You're already off to a good start . . .

Here are a few things that you might want to consider:

* Seek out a summer job. Take this opportunity to work over the summer if you are unable to do so throughout the year while attending classes. You could use this time to make some extra money

* Find ways to volunteer; especially in areas that interest you. Volunteering could be paid or unpaid. Do not overlook unpaid volunteer opportunities

* Explore internships. Most companies are always seeking interns. Internships gives you new skills and experiences that looks good on your resume

* Have fun. Whatever that may be to you such as travel, learning something new, helping others or just relaxing and preparing for the next semester

Whatever you decide to do this summer - Go for it! Best of luck to you.

~ Sheila
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Ashley’s Answer

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Hi. Great question. Below are a couple articles I have written about making the most out of your summer. I will post the major tasks in the to-do list section.

-https://temple.uloop.com/news/view.php/264196/ways-to-keep-your-mind-active-this-summer

-https://temple.uloop.com/news/view.php/263984/how-to-be-productive-this-summer

Ashley recommends the following next steps:

  • Travel- This will help you have new experiences and see new places, both of which are super beneficial.
  • Do something out of your comfort zone- Whether it is going to a place alone or trying a new food, getting out of your comfort zone helps you get ahead.
  • Take a summer class- Whether it is on campus, online, or through a website such as Lynda, Edx, or countless others, this will keep your skills sharp and help you learn new things.
  • Work or intern- If you work, you can make some extra money to be prepared for the new semester. Interning will help you get hands-on experience in your field, practice your skills, and add to your resume.
  • Attend a networking event or conference in your field- This will help you further your career by allowing you to meet new people in your field and ask them advice.
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Karen’s Answer

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Do things you have never done before -- random acts of kindness are best.  Each day find someone whose day you can brighten simply by asking them how they are doing and what they enjoy doing. Then listen to what they say and reinforce them as humans.  Doing something small each day for someone else will make you feel like your summer was well spent.  And don't forget to take time to do the things you enjoy -- we never know IF there will be  tomorrow.


With every good wish!

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