By: Meghan Lupo, student author
As summer arrives and classes come to an end it’s easy to get caught up in the fun, beach trips, and binge sessions on Netflix.
We all love having the freedom from worry about the constant stresses that plague our lives. Between preparing for college, finding an internship, or working, life can be stressful. Using your summer wisely can set you up for success.
I’m not telling you to spend it slaving away, but think about the ways you can get ahead. Set some goals that you want to accomplish while you have the time. Whether you’ve just finished high school or your classes at college, use the summer to your advantage. It’s a time where you can plan a trip, take some extra classes, and prepare for your first (or next) year of college.
Put money in the bank
For those of you who don’t have to work while in school, appreciate it! That’s amazing, but many of us do have to. Either way, I recommend that you work over the summer, gain new experience, and build your network. The reality is, balancing school and a job or internship can become very stressful. You’ll likely want to cut back on your hours when you are taking classes, so save as much money as possible!
Don’t spend your entire summer consumed with your job. Find an alternative that can work with your schedule. Consider an internship. Many companies are looking for interns and some actually pay you. It’s a win for everyone! You get to work in a career field that interests you, gain real world experience, and make some cold hard cash.
Invest in your future
One of the things I love most about summer is picking up new hobbies, or taking the time to invest in myself. I do this by reading books. It doesn’t matter what kind of book, just choose one that interests you, or see if your college has a reading list. From biographies to science fiction, there is something for everyone. Books are a great way to broaden your perspective and learn something new.
Don’t become a couch potato over the summer, instead sweat out those toxins and the stress that has been accumulating over the school year. Nothing is better than a workout and staying healthy year-round.
No matter where you live, you always have the option of getting ahead by taking classes! Several of my friends, including myself, took them over the summer and really enjoyed them. Getting those extra credits in can really make an impact. Especially if you choose to do so at a community college, where the classes are shortened, and the cost per credit hour is usually a lot cheaper. If you don’t want to spend your summer in a classroom, research online options.
Make time for the people in your life
Being able to spend time with your family and friends is priceless and should be taken advantage of at every opportunity. So, make the trip home, enjoy home cooked meals, and forget about the everyday stresses of school and work. Life gets so busy at times, it’s important that we maintain the relationships we have with the ones we care the most about.
Meghan Lupo is a senior currently enrolled at Northwood University where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. Throughout her college career she was hesitant about solidifying her decision to pursue business, but the decision became very easy after a few business classes that left a lasting impression on her. As a student-athlete, mentor, and someone who has experienced the trials and tribulations college entails she is ecstatic to be a part of our team and share her journey with others in order to help them grow, excel, and enjoy all that college has to offer.