The Best Things To Do This Summer As An Undergraduate

by / 0 Comments / 290 View / May 30, 2015

As finals end and the summer begins, it is time to figure out what to do with all your new free time. Should you hangout with friends? Should you go see family? Should you spend everyday lounging at the beach or should you go out and find a job or an internship? There are a plethora of options and it is hard to figure out what to do with all this extra time, it is hard going from college where there is always something to do, to home where you have to be home at a reasonable hour, and you are under other peoples’ rules, so here are my recommendations to make the most of being home, and to make sure you don’t get the summer time blues.

Go to A Concert 

You don’t have to go to the most expensive or popular concert. You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to see someone in the top 40 or travel hundreds of miles to see your favorite band. Find a local concert, find a concert you think you and you friends could enjoy and go off and make the most of it. Even if it is a free concert in a park, it is still worth going, the people playing will appreciate your interest and for all you know you may discover a new band or group that could end up becoming your favorite. Going to a concert is a great thing to do with friends, and the perfect way to spend a day, or a night if you can.

Go to a Music Festival (not the same as a concert!) 

If you can find one go to a music festival.  Music festivals are very exciting, everyone there is focused on having a good time, and you get to see multiple bands. This is arguably better than a concert because even if you don’t know any of the bands, there is always other stuff to do, there are food trucks, paint fights and all sorts of activities. There are also meet and greets and the possibility to get autographs, it is an exciting experience and if you can I think it is a great thing to do, so long as large groups and high energy days are your thing. It they are not try finding one that is calmer and lesser known so that even people that hate large, loud gatherings can experience the fun.

Volunteer

Volunteering is really an great way to spend your time because it is important to give back to your community and to the world.  So whether you go thousands of miles to help people in Africa or if you help at the local homeless shelter, or soup kitchen try to find some time to volunteer, as Audrey Hepburn used to say, “You have two hands, one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.”

Get An Internship

The job market is extremely competitive, and Internships are a great way to earn a competitive edge. Get an internship whether it be full time or part time doing something that interests you if you can, or doing anything you think could be useful in the future. Companies are looking for free labor and if you can get one there is no harm in working to spruce up your resume.

Get A Job

College is expensive, activities are expensive and time is valuable, so this summer if you can try to get a job to help with expenses and to also give yourself a little spending money. This will  give you the ability to help your family with funds and save some money for yourself for things you may want or need.

Take A Class 

Making sure you get to take all the courses you want to take and fulfilling all the courses you need for whatever major(s) or minor(s) you are striving to achieve a degree in is difficult.  So, this summer, take a couple credits at a local college or university, or even see if you can go abroad to earn the credits, some schools offer theses types of opportunities and it is worth while to look into them. So find out if you can transfer credits and see if you are able to keep hitting the books.

Work On “You”

Hit the gym, eat healthy, sleep, go outside, get some sun, meditate, do yoga, break bad habits, and indulge in your hobbies. Make sure that the ‘you’ that is returning to school in the Fall is the ‘you’ that you want to be. Make sure you are in a good place, and do anything necessary to get that process in motion.

Read A Book

Pleasure reading usually gets tossed to the side during the year so this summer try to read the books you’ve been meaning to read. Read something that has nothing to do with your major, something that you want to read, and that you believe you will genuinely enjoy.

See Your “Home People”

Spend time with your siblings, your grandparents, your family, and your home friends. College is great but these are the people that have watched you grow up and have been with you through it all. Appreciate them, because even after college these are the people that are always going to be sitting beside you.

And Finally…

RELAX!  IT IS SUMMER AFTER ALL DO WHATEVER RELAXES YOU!