It’s Summer, Now What? 5 Fun Summer Break Activities For Students


The sting of summer is on your skin. The semester is over. No more homework, no more classes.

So now what?

The summers between your college years are different and mean more than they ever have before. In many ways, they are your last summers to “be a kid”, but at the same time these summers are some of your first chances to really mature.

Summers are very important in between semesters. If you are a real go-getter, you will be productive and get a job or internship. You know, something to enhance your resume in your free time.

But if you’re anything like me, you are also eager to relax for once after the straining semester, and that’s okay.

Summers between college years can be fun, relaxing and productive, you just need to pick the right combination of activities.

For a fun and productive summer, check out some of my ideas to make your time off worth while this season.

  1. Job/internship: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, probably the most productive activity you can pick up for summer is getting an internship or applying for at least a part time job. Once you start college, you must constantly be adding to your resume. There is nothing more detrimental to your resume than displaying gaps in employment. So working to make some extra spending money for the next school year or advancing your skills in your career field are great ways to keep busy this summer.
  2. Road trip: You’re finally old enough that your parents will trust you with a car and a group of friends on a trip. The summers between college years are the perfect time to take your first road trip if you haven’t experienced one before. All you need is an SUV, two or more friends and a cheap destination. I’d recommend going somewhere 3-10 hours away. It’s far enough that being on the road is considered part of the trip, yet your not too far away to turn around if something goes wrong. For instance, I took a road trip last summer with five friends to Omaha, Nebraska for the College World Series and to visit one of our old friends. We stayed and ate most meals at her house, so it was cheap, and being on the road with the tunes cranked up was half the fun.
  3. Get in shape: During the summers between college years, people do one of two things: they either get back into the great shape they were in before that freshman fifteen, or they go in, well, the opposite direction. Use summer to whip yourself back into shape and get yourself feeling good and healthy again if you have been slacking. Whether you join a gym, meet with a nutritionist or hire a personal trainer, summer is a great time to accomplish some fitness goals you have set for yourself.
  4. Pick up a new skill: When you have a lot of free time in the summer, it’s the perfect time to pick up a skill you have always wanted to learn. Have you always wanted to learn photography? Or maybe how to DJ? Summer is the perfect time to learn new skills or further develop current ones. The best way to truly learn a new skill is to be an apprentice to someone who is accomplished in the skill you want to learn. Ask them to teach you or at least ask to shadow them for an extended period of time. Oh yeah, and remember, learning a new skill can be added to your resume at the end of the summer if you become proficient enough in it. Our generation can’t afford to let time pass by without acquiring new skills, because people willing to do so will pass us by.
  5. Volunteer: Many college students volunteer during the summer, whether it’s out of the goodness of their hearts, or to build their resumes. Either way, volunteering is a great experience, and something I believe everyone needs to do at some point in his or her lives to be a well-rounded individual. Often times people have had experience volunteering by the time they get to college, but why stop once you get here? College volunteers are inspiring to others, but are also easily inspired by their work, so it’s worth trying. You will certainly gain at least a hint of a new perspective on life.

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Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet is a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying journalism and philosophy of law. Aside from reporting, Madeline enjoys tae kwon do, reading, writing, researching and traveling, and can be considered a music enthusiast. Madeline currently works as an intern for, and is a banquet server at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, MI. Perfecting the storytelling side of reporting is something she looks forward to in her future career as a journalist.
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