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This time of year many students are yelling, “I can’t wait for the summer!” for various reasons; many which can be categorized as being unproductive.  My advice, don’t slack this summer; let the summer-time be a launch-pad to your future success.  While other students find themselves scrambling during their last semester, be prepared to transition into the next chapter of your life post-college. Consider these summer options.


Beef up your resume and get an internship. Cardinal rule, create or update your resume and be dressed appropriately when speaking to a potential employer. Internships can be obtained by applying to announcements, networking with companies at career fairs or reaching out to your personal network.

Summer school

The summer is the ideal time to catch up with your academic scheme. It’s the time to take those difficult classes, those classes that you dropped or classes you could not register for due to limited seating. Summer classes allow students to get the 1-on-1 attention they long for and add good grades to their transcript in the process.

Part Time Job

Working during the summer time is a very practical option for many students to meet their financial responsibilities. If you are looking for a summer job, start early; you will be fighting for the same jobs as every other college student on break. If you obtain a part time job, try to gain experience that pertains to your major or experience that could really strengthen your resume. Conversely, trying something new doesn’t hurt either.

Study Abroad

Enhance your college experience by going abroad to study, while receiving college credits. Studying abroad is an invaluable experience that you will appreciate. Studying abroad during college is much cheaper than planning an inclusive overseas trip with friends and is less difficult than planning a trip post-college, given any new responsibilities you may acquire.

Let the summer-time be a launch-pad to you future success, by considering these options.

Live HOPE. Give HOPE.