With the Sonoma State Semester ending, many students are finding ways to spend their summer relaxing by the pool, working, spending time with loved ones, and so on. There are many ways to be productive and make the most of your summer while having fun.
- Take summer classes- For students at SSU budget cuts have made it so there are fewer classes, general education or otherwise, being offered to students. Spending you summer taking a class or two towards your degree can be beneficial. If you cannot afford to take classes directly at SSU, lower-division classes are offered throughout the state at community colleges for much cheaper prices.
- Employment- Part-time or even full-time employment during a summer session is something worth considering. A summer job can add something to your resume while adding dollars to your bank account. How much you work can depend on whether or not you follow the first tip and take summer classes. Either way, going into Fall with some extra money can help you pay for college expenses.
- Volunteer- When employment is not an option, which in the current economy even the part-time, burger flipping jobs you never thought you would welcome are hard to come by. If you are like me, volunteering is a way to do something fulfilling, while building your resume with interesting experiences and meeting new people. I highly recommend getting involved some way, and with so many different non-profits, it is easy to find something of interest to you.
- Internships- Regardless of your major, many companies offer summer internships to eager students. This is a great way to build your Resume and experience in your field. Although a majority of internships are unpaid positions, they can often lead to part-time or full-time employment at said establishment.
- Take a Trip- For students such as myself who are struggle financially, affording to go on a trip is something that is hard to imagine. However, you do not have to go all the way to Europe to have a good time. There are tons of things to do right in your own area, California or otherwise. Take the time to explore the cities around you and make your own vacation. Of course if you have the means, go out of the state or country. Explore other cultures with the ones you love.
- Enjoy the Simple Things- The best things in life are free, as the cliche goes. Summer is about having fun and being happy, as it should be year-round. Spend time with the people who make you laugh and smile and enjoy your company, and love you for being you. Take this time to relax so that when Fall brings classes and stress you are better prepared.