Maximizing Your Summer

Maximizing Your Summer

We have all been anticipating summer break for weeks. It’s so close I can taste it! Just a couple of finals and papers are all that stand between us and a couple of months of freedom. As another school year comes to a close, don’t let all your hard work go to waste.

This blog is all about ways to get the most out of summer break.

Worried about finding a job after graduation? Have no fear – that’s what internships are for! Internships are a great way for students to gain experience in the workplace and learn invaluable skills to set them apart from their counterparts. They are also an excellent source for networking in a professional setting to meet people from many different areas and build relationships with potential employers. And when it comes time to finally apply to your dream job you’ll have real work experience AND references to back-up your resume. Summer internships have perks such as possibly getting paid and/or receiving college credit. If you need help finding a summer internship, the Office of Career Services on campus offers many resources.

Don’t want to be tied down all summer or be stuck inside? Then maybe volunteering is what you need, I mean we do live in the Volunteer State. There are many volunteer opportunities right here in our own back yard! Do you like puppies? Then the local animal shelter is the place for you! Someone needs to play with all those puppies and show them some love. Do you want to go into the medical field? Check with one of the many healthcare facilities in the area, they are always looking for volunteers to help with mailers, giving directions to visitors, assisting with events, or even delivering things to patients. If those options don’t sound appealing to you, check out the numerous non-profit organizations in the area. Non-profits thrive on the efforts of volunteers to make their organization a success. And the beauty of non-profits is there is probably a non-profit for every area of interest you may have. Visit the Volunteer Knoxville website which that provides information for countless organizations in need of volunteers all summer.

Do you like to work with kids? Check with your local church or scouting organization about opportunities to either volunteer or work at a summer camp. I’m sure everyone has heard, “This one time at band camp…”. But for real, kids look forward to summer camp all year! It’s a time when they can reconnect with friends from all over the country and build new friendships. Summer camps always need cabin counselors, kitchen staff, game staff, etc. Working at a summer camp gives you the chance to unwind after a long school year, let loose, and have fun with kids. Plus you’ll still get to have some downtime in between camps AND you will be able to enjoy the great outdoors.

If none of these options appeal there are plenty of other activities to keep active. Help your parents around the house, spend time with your grandparents, enjoy the sun, read a book, become more active at the gym. Whatever you chose to do this summer make sure you leave an impact on those you interact with. Gain experience in a workplace environment, mentor youth at a summer camp, volunteer your time to help those who are less fortunate or just spend time with your family.

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