With summer months quickly approaching, it is important to stay busy even after the school year has ended. Summer months are typically time to relax, sleep in, and slack off, but summer can also be a time to work and earn money or to volunteer and help your community. There are many opportunities to improve your summer and keep you busy, as long as you know where to look.
Plan your summer
The key to having a “summer to remember” is to have a game plan. Try making a schedule of your entire summer on a month-to-month basis, and then narrow it down to a week-to-week itinerary. This will probably change as the summer progresses, but having a rough idea of your plan will help you to make the most of your summer.
Furthermore, try making a daily routine plan of what you want to accomplish each day. Set goals and plans for yourself, and make sure you take the time to make yourself feel special. If you like to read, be sure to make time to read a few good books. If you like to explore nature, be sure to go on a hike or bike ride.
Make yourself a top priority, but also remember to make time for friends and family. During the school year, you can be very busy and may not have as much time as you would like to spend with friends and distant relatives. It helps to make the time during the summer months when you are not as busy.
Summer is a great time to get a head start on your career, work a summer job, or help out in your community. Research possible internships or apprenticeships that interest you. They can be great experiences that encourage you to make decisions about your future career plans. Internships can help you meet others in your career field and can act as positive networking experiences.
Working a summer job can help you earn money and save up for the school year. It can also get you out in the community and help you to build teamwork skills while meeting new people. Typical summer jobs can include babysitting, waitressing, lifeguarding at a local pool, or mowing lawns. The possibilities are endless; just be sure to start your summer job search before vacation starts, as it often takes several weeks to secure a position.
Volunteering in your community will help you and the others around you. Volunteering is a great way to build your self-esteem and your resume. Local libraries and nursing homes are always looking for help, and helping a local elderly neighbor or your community can also be satisfying and rewarding. Summer is an excellent time to get involved in your future career plans and community.
Summer is a great time to explore the world around you. Turn the television and video games off, grab some friends or family members, and go explore your surroundings. Take tours of local factories or industries in your area. Most of them are free and educational. Explore your local state or national parks, or take a camping trip to a park a few hours away. These experiences can be refreshing and allow you to see Mother Nature at her best. Partake in summertime activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, jogging, or walking, or have a bonfire or pool party. These activities break the monotony of day to day life and can help you make some amazing memories.