Get ahead of the game this summer

Summer is often thought of as a break from the daily grind of school, and sometimes work. The sun is shining, pools are open, and many of us simply want to take some time to relax.

While it may be the tendency of some to ease up on responsibilities during the summer, we think the summer is the ideal season to get ahead with work or school, making you that much more prepared to get in the swing of things by the time fall comes around. 

With internships, classes, camps and more, there’s no shortage of opportunities available during the summer months. 

Summer is the perfect time to knock out an internship. Without the stress of homework and studying for exams, you can devote yourself to the job, put in extra hours and make helpful contacts. Most employers like to see job experience on your resume — and an internship undoubtedly looks better than another summer at the local fast food joint. And if you’re lucky, you might even recieve a paycheck.

Another route many take is enrolling in summer courses. If you enroll in enough summer courses, you might have the benefit of graduating early. 

With dozens of online offerings, you don’t have to be stuck in a classroom all summer either. Take your laptop to the park and soak up some knowledge with the sunshine.

Along with your internship or classes, summer is a great time to wind down from the stress of the regular school year and get organized. Mindful practices such as reading, writing, meditating and exercising are excellent ways to clear your head and focus on your summer goals.

For those with bills to pay, we understand the need to have a paying job. However, if you don’t have the freedom to get an internship or take a class, consider the value of your time. Find a job that serves as a stepping stone to something greater in your career field. What good do your 40 hours a week at Pizza Hut do if you don’t plan to make pizzas as a career? Plus, you can network while getting paid.

Even if you intend to take it easy in the summer, the fact that you don’t have to worry about a tough class schedule means that you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the warm weather. When it comes down to it, a delicate balance exists between work and life, and while we encourage getting ahead, always prioritize your mental and physical health.

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