How Will You Spend Your Summer Break?


Over the next few weeks thousands of US colleges will ending their Spring semesters finishing up yet another school year. Many students are graduating and seeking their first jobs, others will be interning, while still others will be returning to school in the fall as grad students.

lifeguardIf you are planning to enter your sophomore, junior, or senior year this fall, you have more than three months to yourself before classes resume. How will you spend that time? Relaxing on the beach with friends? Working a job? Volunteering? Though many students have their plans in place for the summer, others do not. Let’s take a look at some ways you can spend your summer break.

Many of the good jobs are probably already gone, but there are some companies who will be hiring summer help through May perhaps well into the summer. We can’t all intern on Wall Street nor is everyone interested in working in a financial position, but there are a number options available to college students:

Theme Parks — the busiest time of the year is summer and parks across the US are hiring.

Camps — children need to keep busy over the summer and parents want their children to be stimulated. Working at a summer camp can gain you experience, maybe some college credit, and put a little bit of money in your pocket.

Government Jobs — your town could be hiring for the summer as could your county government, even federal agencies. It especially helps your cause if you know someone on the inside who can open this door for you.

Resort Jobs — resorts close to your home will be especially busy this year as vacation-goers seek nearby destinations for relaxation and enjoyment. Credit high fuel prices and painful airline excursions for this trend — a potential boon for the student who wants to earn some serious money.

Golf, Tennis, and Swimming Clubs — with kids off from school during the summer and other people taking breaks, working at various local recreational clubs could be a good option. Pay can be low for a lifeguard, but just ask your caddy friends what they pull down for golfing!

Of course, summer is also a very good time to pick up some extra credits and it won’t take the whole summer to do it. Consider a Maymester or early summer semester course or two at your current college or come back home and take a transferable course at the local community college. With the latter, you’ll still have the time to spend with all of your friends.

Finally, if you’re able to do it: volunteer. Spend one week with Habitat For Humanity building houses, take a missions trip to Guatemala, volunteer for at a youth program for inner city kids, you name it.

Summer is fast approaching and the living is relaxing, but there are many options available for students if they know where to look for them.


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Photo Credit Jason Nelson.


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