Hey lovelies! For some, summer is a time to kick back by the pool and relax, while for others, summer is all about work! No matter what your plans are for the summer, there are easy ways to improve yourself (and your resume) this summer. While summer may seem like a break from all the stress of school, it’s important not to completely slack off and fall behind your peers! Even if you haven’t started college yet, you can still start working to build that resume and improve yourself!
After high school, the volunteer hours you collected are wiped away. Scholarship and job committees don’t care about what you did in high school! They only care about what you have done in your college years, so it’s time to start putting in those hours. All seriousness aside, there are so many other benefits to volunteering. Not only is it a resume builder, it helps you feel better about yourself, and more connected to your community. Find something you are passionate about, or even something related to your major! Volunteering is a great way to improve yourself while on summer break.
In my opinion, reading is the number one way to improve yourself (plus it’s so fun!) Whether you read academic books, fiction, young adult, or whatever else you prefer, reading increases your brain power and your vocabulary! You could read a pulitzer prize winner, a mystery novel, or read a biography about an influencer in your field! Trust me, you don’t want to start the next semester without having read anything for the past three months. I try to read at least one book a month, but usually I read much more! Reading is fun, relaxing, and it makes you a better person!
3. Learn a new talent or skill!
Have you always wanted to learn the guitar? How to cook? How to master the crow pose? How to do your taxes? (still waiting to figure out this one). Why not use this summer to start learning a new talent! It doesn’t have to be big, but learning a new skill helps keep your brain in practice so you’ll be ready when syllabus week rolls around! Not only that, but now you have a new skill to show off! Plus, going to college means you’re going to be on your own, so it might be time to learn how to boil water or change a tire!
4. Get an internship!
If you have extra time, and you truly want to start building your resume, why not look into an internship? Real on-the-job experience is so important to have on your resume, and an internship is often the best way to accomplish this. Even if you don’t know of any opportunities around you, you could apply for a virtual internship! If you can’t get an internship, you could also look around for jobs related to your field – like substitute teaching for education majors!
5. Work Out!
During the school year, it can be hard to get motivation to work out after long hours spent in the library. If you have extra time this summer, why not channel that into working out and becoming an even healthier version of yourself! You can join a gym or watch workout videos in your living room. Even if you only do yoga a few times a week, you are still helping improve yourself!
6. Read the News!
I know that reading the news can often be depressing. Despite the sadness that sometimes happens in the world, it is still important for college students to be updated on what is happening. College students tend to exist in a bubble, where they don’t realize what is happening outside their campus. That’s scary considering college students will soon be making decisions for the future! If you can only take a little bit of the news, I recommend the Skimm, which delivers daily emails to your inbox. These emails cover the major news stories in short, sweet, funny chunks. That way you always know at least a little bit about what is going on! Get ready to impress your professors!
7. Go Somewhere New!
Even if it’s only an hour away – even if you can only go for a day. Traveling and seeing new places is a great way to improve yourself and increase your understanding of the world! I don’t have a lot to add to this, except “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine
8. Watch Smarter!
The next time you open netflix, consider watching something more beneficial! There are actually hundreds of great documentaries & docu-series on netflix, or you could watch some TED talks that are related to your field, or that you are just interested in! Obviously you still have time to binge watch Gossip Girl, but maybe just once or twice a month try to watch something that will help you improve yourself!
9. Make a New Habit!
It’s crazy to think you will be able to overhaul your entire life in one summer, but why not just one habit? Find either one bad habit to break or one good habit to begin. For example, stop biting your nails or posting negative things to social media! Or on the other side, start the habit of flossing or drinking more water! Changing just one habit can help lead to a change in your overall behavior and make you happier overall! According to science, it takes about 30 days to make or break a habit, so you could focus on one habit each month of summer!
10. Clean up Social Media!
I saved this one for last because a lot of people forget about it, and it is so important! Most of my generation has had facebook since middle school. If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t what does. My freshman year, I spent hours deleting photos from my facebook. Even if your settings are all private, employers can still find your social media. Make sure there is nothing inappropriate, mean, or overly negative. Do you think a manager will want to hire you if all you do is tweet about how you hate your job? No! Clean it up. Yes, it will take while. Yes, it is worth it. Plus, won’t you feel better without all those awkward middle school pictures floating around?
Let me know in the comments how you are going to improve yourself this summer! Which of these 10 would you like to try?