Making the Most of Your Summer: A To-Do List

Now that school is over, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to do with all this newly-found free time. You’re wondering what to do in a time that doesn’t demand reading assignments, essays, or studying for exams until you can’t see straight. College Raptor is here to lend you a hand in deciding what this break holds for you! Here’s our list of to-do’s of things to do in the summer to make the most of your summer break.

A girl is painting on the wall.

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1. Get a summer job.

The most obvious solution. No school equals extra time, which equals an opportunity to make money. The weather’s nicer, you’re reunited with family and close friends, and you have things to do that are going to require some “fun money.” Finding a seasonal job that is flexible with your schedule is pretty easy to do during the summer, reach out to friends and family in your hometown and get to work!

Finding a flexible, seasonal job with your schedule is pretty easy during the summer, so reach out to friends and family in your hometown and get to work! You can work at a local restaurant, lifeguard at the pool, or babysit in your neighborhood. The possibilities to earn money over the summer break are endless.

2. Apply for an internship.

You might’ve heard from your professors or advisors that internships are important. We’re here to tell you that they really, actually If you’ve already decided on your major or have a solid idea about what you want to do in post-college, apply for those internships! Internships are designed to give you that real-world experience and to help you decide if you really want to do what you think you want to do.

Internships are also a great opportunity to network and get your foot in the door at a company that could employ you after graduation! Contact local businesses, attend career fairs, and speak with your professors or academic advisors to find one that is right for you.

3. Take summer classes

This idea might not be very popular, but it’s a great way to get ahead for the next year. You could check if a local college in your hometown offers the basic classes you need. That way, when August comes, you can focus on the more interesting subjects. If you’re not going home for the summer, you can also consider taking classes at your current college. It’s a way to keep learning during the break.

If you want to relax, go for an easier course. Or, if you’re feeling motivated this summer, take a more difficult one to focus solely on it for better comprehension and grades.

4. Discover a New Passion

Making the most of summer includes finding a new hobby or learning a new skill. If you’re already a pro at making microwaved noodles, try expanding your horizons and taking a cooking class. Your stick people drawings may be sublime, but an art class could give you some drawing range. You could dedicate your summer to creating a better “you” by taking a yoga class or grabbing a membership to your local gym. 

Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and do something different, this is the perfect time to find your hidden talent. Check out your local community center and Facebook pages for free or cheap classes.

5. Give Back

Consider volunteering this summer. Think of a cause or organization that you’re passionate about and support it. Donating your time is a great way to meet new people, network, and give back to your community. Check the community boards at your local library or community center and see what programs or volunteer opportunities they offer during the summer. (Pro Tip: Volunteer hours look great on resumes too!)

6. Go Travel

It’s called summer BREAK for a reason! Taking the time to travel to a new place with friends can give you some of the best memories. It doesn’t have to be some extravagant resort that breaks the bank, it could be gassing up the car and taking a road trip to the beach with your best friends. Our very favorite summer spot? An amusement park! Rollercoasters + funnel cake = magic. The world is full of too many bumper cars and spinning tea cups to sit at home. Go explore and take don’t forget to lots of pictures!

7. Prepare for Upcoming Classes

We know we’re telling you how to make the most out of your summer break, and you likely don’t want to hear about school, but if you have the bandwidth to prepare for next semester, we suggest you do so. 

You already picked your schedule for the fall, so you know what classes you’re taking. To prepare for upcoming classes, you can watch introduction videos about the topics online, read a few chapters of the text, and even fill out your calendar if the syllabus is available. 

8. Make New Memories

It’s called summer break for a reason! That means hanging out with friends, game night with family, exploring new local hideouts, restaurants, and more. Take lots of pictures and make an album to remember all the great times. 

Ultimately, your summer break will be whatever you decide to make it. Whatever you do, be sure to enjoy it! Be sure that you are able to balance work and play and don’t forget to be courteous in your return to home! Find time to make memories with the people, places, and things that matter most.

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