Whether you’re in high school or university, summer is the best time for students to unwind. Instead of attending classes and extracurriculars, you have three months to rest and recover. However, it’s easy to become a little too relaxed, making the return to school an overwhelming experience. Going from having no plans and responsibilities to a fully packed schedule can be stressful. To avoid the shaky transition, students should look for ways to stay productive during the summer. While you don’t have to spend every day doing something practical, it’s good to find a balance between working hard and not working at all.
1. Develop New Healthy Habits
It can be hard to find time during the school year to take care of your physical and mental health. Summer is the perfect time to start a new exercise routine, learn how to cook healthy meals, and try meditation or breathwork.
2. Find a Summer Job
One of the best ways to make your resume stand out is by landing a summer job or internship. The experience, skills, and connections you gain may eventually lead to you finding your future career path.
3. Discover a New Hobby
Finding a new hobby or learning a new skill can be rewarding in many different ways. Not only will you potentially find something you’re passionate about, but you may also build relationships with people who share the same interests.
4. Start a Side Project
There are many hobbies and skills that can be turned into potential projects or even side businesses. If you’re a skilled musician or a talented artist, for example, try putting your work out there so you can find your audience.
5. Volunteer and Give Back
Volunteering for a cause you believe in is a great way to give back to your community. It’s also the perfect opportunity for meeting new people, gaining experience, and feeling good about what you’re doing.
6. Prepare For Next Year
If you want to stay sharp, take some time to review last year’s curriculum to prepare for next year. Organize your notes, re-read the feedback you received on your assignments and projects, and make a study plan.
7. Connect With a Mentor
While you may not be in school, you can still look for ways to learn from someone else. Mentors can help you find opportunities, set short-term and long-term goals, and plan your academic and professional future.
GetSet is a fully digital Canadian community of mentors who provide students the guidance, advice, and support they need to accomplish their academic and professional goals. To learn more, please watch our introductory video.
This article was originally published on LinkedIn.