How To Utilize Your Summer and Get Ahead

Summer is just around the corner and you might be at the point in the school year when you never want to open another textbook again. You’re counting down the days until you won’t be stuck indoors finishing your final assignments and can take random day naps in the sun.

However, about a week or so after the summer hits you enter that phase where you get bored and forget what you used to do when you had this much free time.

Well fear boredom no more, because I will be sharing 5 tips on how you can utilize your summer to get ahead, and have a great time while doing so.

1. Volunteer

Volunteering can be so much fun and it helps improve your resumé at the same time. To add, it is a great opportunity to meet people around your city. Last year I had the opportunity to volunteer at The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The best part about volunteering at TIFF is that you get passes to see TIFF movies for free. The opportunities for volunteering are truly endless!

2.  Learn Something New Related to Your Academics/ Career Aspirations

Summer is a great time to expand your skill set and with the unlimited amount of resources online, this does not have to be a costly task. Choosing something that is related to what you will be learning in university or your job aspirations will allow you to have a beneficial tool in your back pocket. The skill may later become applicable when applying for a job (or student group), working on a group project, and/ or it may even improve your overall work. Since technology is becoming more and more involved in education and the workforce, consider learning a software (like Photoshop) related to your aspirations.

3. Learn Something New Not Related To Your Academics

Learning doesn’t all have to be about improving your resumé! It can involve learning skills that are not directly related to your academics because it is important to go outside of your comfort zone. This may mean learning a instrument if you are a business student or learning to cook if you are a engineering student. These skills can become great conversation starters when meeting new people in university.

4. Read

I know school is over and reading seems like the last thing you want to do right now. Nonetheless, as the summer will go on, books will seem a lot less like enemies and a lot more like a relaxing way to spend the day. It’s a great activity for when you want to lay outside but also feel productive at the same time.

5. Explore Your City

This may or may not be one of your last summers in the city you grew up in.  You may feel as though you know the city like the back of your hand and that you have done everything you could possibly ever do in your city. This a feeling I myself felt before I moved Toronto. However, there may be a few things you want to do again or never got the chance to do. Summer is a great time to experience new things and new experiences are not necessarily far away experiences.

If you’re planning on staying in the same city you’re going to university, don’t worry! Summer is a great opportunity to get more familiar with the area in which your university is located. This will allow you to enter campus confidently and ready to take on first semester.

I hope you enjoyed these tips on how to kickstart your summer in a exciting and productive way. Best of luck on finals for those of you still in school – you’ve got this!

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