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Summer breaks just are not what they used to be. When you have spent the last 10 months cramming for tests and turning in research papers in the nick of time, then you are probably looking forward to a summer of laissez faire. Don’t let the beach breeze and pool parties fool you! Sure you can have a few lazy days and catch up on all your shows on Netflix but let’s not forget that you haven’t graduated yet. Keep the momentum going and make your summer useful.

Everyone isn’t lucky enough to grab an internship for the summer or pay for those extra summer classes. Don’t fret, because there are plenty of things you can do this summer to keep yourself on top of the education game. Here is a quick Summer 101 guide for any college student looking to stay on track this summer.

It’s June now, so all the graduation parties are over. Your summer activities should start now. The first thing you should do for the summer is volunteer. With over 1.5 million non-profit organization in the United States alone there is a place where you can go that will relate to your future career. Want to be a nurse? Visit a senior or retirement home. Veterinarian? Animal shelter. Marine Biology? Coast guard or a Zoo. Don’t be scared, Volunteermatch.org can help you find something.

If volunteering is not your thing, then teach yourself a new skill. With all the sharing that goes on, you are sure to learn anything from sewing to how to build a website just from watching YouTube videos or DIY blogs. Try not to get strayed away from how-to videos and end up watching mindless television. Stay on course and you could end up learning how to make a 4-tier cake or speak a second language.

If you consider yourself not to be tech savvy then spending the summer trying to figure out how to be, will help. The average job requires you to have some sort of computer knowledge such as Microsoft Word to spreadsheets to how to navigate social media outlets. Online marketing, blogging and fan pages are starting to be adapted by all types of business. You may start a career somewhere and the first thing they say is “be active on social media”. This is going to happen to a lot of students wanting to go into media jobs, real estate or even having your own business.

Finally one of the best things you can do this summer is create your own lane. There are free classes that you can take online at Coursera.org. Work a summer job in a place that you never worked before, take a few road trips outside the state or create a summer reading list while hanging out at the library. Make this summer count because it will be worth it in the end.

Written by: Deprina Godboldo, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic

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