Choose your own summer break adventure

Summer is right around the corner — you’ve almost made it! While it’s tempting to throw your responsibilities to the wind and lay on the couch watching Netflix for three months, it’s probably not the best idea. We have suggestions to help you make the most of your vacay and work toward your future in the process.  

Get in with the in(ternship) crowd. Spend your summer dipping your toes into the industry you’re studying with an internship. You’ll learn a ton about what it’s like to be a part of a company. Plus it’s a great way to gain confidence and meaningful connections in your future work setting. Applying what you’ve learned in school is rewarding too and can help you stay motivated come fall. Check out ASU’s Handshake page to start applying for positions.

Work it like Ri-Ri. If you’ve been toying with the idea of starting a business, a blog or any side hustle, summer is the perfect time to dive in. Or if you’re not ready to kick it on Shark Tank, spend part of your break setting yourself up for future success by creating or cleaning up your resume, building your online portfolio or working on your interview skills. Check out Career and Professional Development Services to get started.

School’s (still) in session. It may be the last thing on your mind, but you could take a class or two over the summer. If you’re near campus, sign up for a summer class and sneak in a few credits to lighten your load next year. Sitting in an air conditioned classroom while it’s 115 outside is an extra bonus.

I’m different, yeah I’m different. Want to break the mold with your vacay? Try some of these activities and ideas that break from the traditional summer.

  • Hit the road. If you have the ability to travel, take advantage of it. Whether you’re studying abroad, traveling with friends or going on a road trip, trying something new is a great way to spend your vacation.

  • Family bonding. Spend some time with your family over the summer. Whether it’s your parents, grandparents, long lost cousin or a sibling, make the most of this free time. It only gets more valuable as you graduate and start working.

  • Give back. Find a cause you care about and spend some time volunteering. You’ll feel good doing good. Often volunteer experiences can help you make connections and gain valuable life and work skills too — definitely worth it.

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