Summer is here and we all know what that means: vacations, pool days, camping trips and so much more! Don’t let the calendar fool you though; August will be here before you know it. There are plenty of opportunities to prepare yourself for the fall semester while still making this summer one to remember. Check out some tips to make the most of your summer before fall semester gets here!
Social media is an active part of our daily lives, but don’t forget to take some time to unplug and engage in other activities. Whether it’s grabbing coffee with a friend, doing yoga or reading a book outside, there are plenty of opportunities to unplug for a couple of hours.
Buckle down on your budget
One of the best parts about being a college student is having summer break to work more. It’s never too early to start planning your budget for the upcoming semester! Keep necessary items in mind like groceries, laundry supplies, textbooks, etc.
Summer is a great time to learn new skills and gain experience through internships or volunteering. Whether you volunteer as a camp counselor or serve as an intern at a local law firm, professional opportunities will help build your experience and keep you engaged throughout the summer. They are also great pieces to add to your resume!
Flourish your creativity
Having a busy schedule during the school year can make it challenging to keep up with your hobbies. Take time to fuel your creative ideas through crafts, hiking, photography – the possibilities are endless!
Studies have shown that getting at least 60 minutes of exercise each day builds your immune system and lowers stress levels. Even if you’re not an exercise guru, riding a bike or walking outside is sometimes the perfect stress reliever.
Looking to go to the beach? “Day-cations” serve as a great way to fill your travel desires while maintaining a budget. After a long academic year, you’ve earned yourself a spontaneous trip away for a few days.
Even if you’re not going into your senior year, researching the job market, grad school, master’s programs and more can only help you better prepare for future plans.
Purge and organize
Cleaning and organizing can be tedious but a great use of time. Doing a closet purge, organizing your totes from school or even going through miscellaneous items to donate can make your summer productive.
Keep yourself in a routine
Summer is the time to have fun and not stress but you want to make sure you keep some sort of routine. Does it have to be detail-oriented down to every minute – No! However, keeping yourself organized and knowing the different priorities for each day will help you adjust more easily once the fall semester is here.
Relax! You’ve earned it!
Aside from professional development opportunities and keeping yourself engaged academically, you need to RELAX and HAVE FUN! It is just as important to take the summer to recharge and take time for yourself. After all, you’ve earned it!