Summer holiday is a great time for students to relax, recharge and re-energize after long weeks of class assignments culminated with a week or two of exams.
However, too much time off books can make you to lose focus, making you less prepared for the fall semester. It is therefore important to make use of the summer break by engaging yourself in productive activities even though nonacademic. Here’s how
Sounds like such a bummer! I know. But let’s just be honest, almost every student wants to earn their degree sooner than later. Why then not take summer classes and fast track your degree program?
There is the general perception of summer classes as being a punishment for student whose grades were below par. Over time however, this has changed with most universities allocating summer classes for anyone who would like to pursue them.
These summer classes generally have fewer students, making it easy for you as a student to have more engaging lessons with your professors. The workload associated with summer classes is also less. As opposed to spring and fall semesters where students have five to four classes, a summer load consists of one or two classes. This way, you have more time to dedicate to your studies and some spare time to relax.
While it is important to relax and take time off books, too much of just sitting around and doing nothing can be a bit costly as you try to catch up in class the next semester.
Instead, you can use this time to acquire a new skill that you may otherwise not have time to learn while on campus. Take for instance learning a foreign language that is not offered as a unit in your course. To learn a new language, you only need grasp the basic communication words first. Then proceed to sentence construction and finally have basic communication tips. This may take about two to three months, which timing perfect given the length of the summer break.
Get Exposure through Work
If your opinion on relaxing is taking time off the classroom environment, then finding an opportunity to apply and learn practical career skills either though and internship or part time job is a good approach.
Being the most common choice among college students, summer internships offer hands on experience in your field of study and establish professional connections. Some internships also offer a little compensation to students.
An internship offers you practical experiences and new insights about your field of study which is an excellent way to start your career journey.
Most schools offer internship programs to assist students get working opportunities, hence getting these opportunities should not be a difficult process. One such program is the Governor’s Summer Internship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
It is said that we learn by exploring, and exploring new places. Travelling allows you to learn while having fun out of your comfort zone. You get new experiences
Students can use the summer to participate in a summer exchange program with students in a foreign country. Summer study abroad programs offer a learning opportunity within a different environment. Students end up acquiring new skills