You have just taken your last final and you can practically smell the beach, but is there anything else that you can do?
Perhaps, you could read a book or even read articles on the internet. What I am trying to get at is to keep your mind fresh. It’s easy to lose focus over the long, summer (I’ve done it many times), so an easy way to resolve this problem is to keep up to date on the 24-hour news cycle. Now, you have time to read, so take advantage of it and expand your mind by reading something that interests you.
Some of us might be starting to work summer jobs. I know it’s not always the most pleasant experience, but it will work benefits for you. Work ethic is something that you acquire through being “out in the real world”. Even if you’re just working part-time, in most workplaces that is going to be less than 40 hours, that little bit of experience looks good on a resume because it demonstrates that you have a good work ethic and attitude towards working. Plus, if it’s a terrible job, the fact that you are going to college or university, will keep you motivated to do more with your life. (I would like to take the time to inform anyone who is reading this that I am not taking a “jab” at any person who might work a 9 to 5 job because depending on what industry you are looking to enter, post-graduation, it could be difficult to find jobs)
That previous note brings me to my next idea for the summer: writing your resume and cover letters. Most-likely, any job that you will be applying for after college or university, will require that you submit a resume and cover letter. These two things can help you stand out from the pack of other prospective interviewees. In addition, if you are a freshman or sophomore, you will want to start working on things earlier because the more you get your name out there, the better chance you have at landing your dream job. I know it’s tough to do any work over the summer, but I think it will be to everyone’s benefit if they at least try.
Sometimes we need to de-stress. Perhaps, you can begin a workout/exercise routine. The warm weather welcomes the chance to either walk or run and just get the blood flowing. Even if you’re just playing catch with a baseball in the park, just to get away from everything for maybe 45 minutes-a-day could be what you need to keep your mind fresh and spirits high.
Be sure to check back every other week or so for new blog posts over the summer. If you’re a college or university graduate, I would like to congratulate you on your accomplishment. I would also like to hear back from the blog’s readers. What do you want me to write about over the summer? I will welcome all ideas. Thank you.