5 Things for College Students to do This Summer

5 Things for College Students to do This Summer
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    You've finished your finals and have nothing on the schedule for this summer. That can be a good thing if you're burned out and simply need a break.

    Or it can be a bad thing if you have too much time on your hands and not much planned or available to do.


Well, you can be productive this summer and get some things done without your parents assigning projects to you to keep you busy. Read on for some tips on how you can make good use of your summer between all the fun you know you’re really wanting to do:

1. Launch a small business — What?! You say you want me to work? Everyone needs some spending money and one way to do bring in some much needed cash is to start your own business. No, you probably won’t have to register with your state’s business department to get a business going, at least not initially. Yes, you need a plan and you have two options to consider: provide a service or provide a skill. Consider the former if you’re not particularly handy, but know how to build a web site, create an app or market a product. Choose the latter if you have a particular talent such as woodworking, painting or landscaping.

2. Apply for college scholarships — Many of the college scholarships offered for the fall academic year have already have passed their deadlines. Still, some have not. If the thought of taking on additional debt for college has you worried, then your concerns are valid. This year’s graduating class is finding it difficult to obtain employment with many grads soon to make their first student loan payments. Set aside time this summer to search scholarships and apply. You may be able to reduce your tuition by several thousand dollars beginning this fall.

3. Volunteer your services — Giving back to your community is important, something you most likely will be doing after you finish school. But, why wait until then? Your church or other nonprofit organization may be able to use your services. You’ll get a chance to use and hone your skills, and network with similar people. Volunteerism builds and sustains communities — you’ll also gain an important benefit, experience, that can you can show on your resume. Find something that you like to do and do it with all of your heart. You’ll come away with a wonderful and important referral too.

4. Take a trip — You don’t have much money, but the travel bug has bitten you. I’m not recommending hitchhiking, which obviously can be dangerous, but you can get where you need to go without thumbing for a ride or using your own car. If you are a licensed driver and have a good driving record, then scour the online ads to find people needing you to drive their car to a destination, typically without them in the car with you. For example, elderly drivers will sometimes fly off to a location, but prefer to have their own car handy at their destination. Under this arrangement, you drive their car to their location and they fly you home at their cost. Gas, hotel and other expenses plus a fee are paid by the customer. Search for “driving service” or “designated driver” to find gigs. Who knows, you may be able to travel to a new place, drop off a car and stay a few extra days before flying back home.

5. Do an internship — Soon enough, you’ll be graduating college and thrust into the workforce. That is if you have the skills to take on a job. Like volunteering, an internship can help prepare you for life beyond college. This can be your opportunity to acquire new skills and gain the experience you will need to differentiate yourself from other job seekers down the line. No internships available? Then create one — take that volunteer opportunity and turn it into an internship. Develop a special project such as overhauling a nonprofit’s computer system or marketing plan. Whether you’re paid or not, an internship can give you valuable experience and possibly open the door to a job after you graduate college.

Mix ‘n Match

Fortunately for you, time is on your side. You can do one, two or three of the suggestions above and still have time to spend with your friends. Time, however, can be used foolishly so make the most of it this summer and have a good one!

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