5 Ways to Spend your Summer Break
1. Take a college class or two.
Summer is a great time to take college classes to earn more credits or to improve a Grade Point Average. Some students use the summer to take classes near their home so they can complete prerequisite courses or to give themselves more flexibility in their fall and spring schedules. Summer classes are often popular and fill up quickly, so be sure to stay on top of deadlines and required forms.
2. Earn some money with a part-Time or full-time job.
Seasonal work for college students is a great way to earn money that can be used for college expenses. Jobs can also be great ways to network, build a resume, and learn real-world career skills. Jobs should start to become available, since most of our country is on track to reopening.
3. Participate in an internship.
Internships are a great way to get specific career experience and mentorship. Internships are often a little hard, more so now that most jobs have moved online. However, try to network on LinkedIn and search for "online internships."
4. Serve the community.
Spending time as a community volunteer is another way to spend the summer break and it has the bonus of doing something good for the community. If you have the means, donate to food banks, your clothes, and if you are capable, your time. During these trying times there is plenty of help needed, and not many volunteers. Consider being one! It is such a rewarding experience.
5. Develop skills.
Consider approaching the break as an opportunity to develop your skills. Do you need to work on time management and academic skills, or should your time be spent on interpersonal skill building, the kind that can be practiced on a job or from working with the community? Evaluate what you need and look for online resources that offer what you would want to work on. An excellent resource TAMU students have is LinkedIn Learning, you can find the link to it on your Howdy Portal.
Source: Higher Ed Parent; 7 Ways for Your Student to Spend the Summer Break
3 Ways you Can Make the Most of Summer Break
1. Get job experience
Tempting as it may be to kick back and relax during the summer, if you have an extended break ahead of you, there's a real opportunity to set yourself up financially and career-wise. You'll be more than grateful for it down the line -- especially when your friends who didn't work are struggling through their post-college job searches and you're getting offers left and right.
2. Explore Careers
Sure, when the year's last semester ends, you can just get a summer job. But consider spending the summer focused on exploring possible careers. Use the TAMU Career Center resources to explore different career paths, make an appointment with Explore Program adviser, look at the different Master Programs, take an aptitude test, and follow our Instagram page @tamu_explore!
3. Build your Network
First, identify companies you would like to work at. Once you have done that reach out to people who work there explaining that you are a college student looking to enter the field. It's OK to contact human resources or to email specific people if you can find that information. Basically, get yourself out there (figuratively, stay home!). If you meet people and keep in touch, those contacts may be the key to getting hired when you enter the job market.
Source: Daniel B. Kline, Selena Maranjian, And Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool
How to Prepare for Summer Courses
Set Goals for Yourself
One way to motivate yourself to do well in your summer classes is to make a list of goals for your classes. Don’t just keep it in your head–write your goals down and stick it on your mirror if you have to. Use these goals to keep yourself accountable while your class is happening and to make sure that you are on top of everything.
Be Prepared to Learn on the First Day
Summer classes do not work like regular classes. The first day is not a relatively easy syllabus day where you don’t learn anything. Because of the accelerated schedule that summer classes teach on, you’re going to be learning at least a chapter or two of material on the first day.
Seek Help Immediately (If You Need It)
If you don’t understand a concept, you need to go and talk to your teacher or professor on the day that you get confused on a concept and get it sorted out right then and there. Typically, there won’t be time later during class or before the exam for you to ask questions.
Don’t Wait To Buy The Textbook
If your teacher or professor gives you the textbook information for the course ahead of time, just go ahead and buy the book. In the best case scenario, you are prepared on day one and can keep up with the fast pace of the course.
Mark Your Calendar With All The Important Dates and Deadlines
The unfortunate thing about summer classes is that even though the classes don’t last as long, you have the same amount of exams as you would during the semester. This means that, for some classes, you will be having an exam every other week, perhaps even weekly.
Form a zoom Study Group
A great way to know that you’ve mastered a concept is to be able to explain it somebody else. An online study group would give you the opportunity to do just that. You get to test your knowledge by explaining concepts discussed in class to your peers, and they reciprocate in kind by explaining concepts that you struggle with and giving you the help that you need.
If You’re Retaking a Class, focus on the Areas You Had Trouble With
As you’re going through the material for the second time, put a lot of extra study time and focus on the concepts that you did not grasp the first time. Since you’re re-learning most of this material, you’ll be able to comprehend the easier concepts in no time.
Source: Sadhvi Mathur; 7 Strategies to Ace Your Summer Classes