BY JANE HURST
Sometimes, you just don’t want to go out and get a summer job while you are on break from college. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t want to do something. There are all kinds of things you can do in the summer other than take boring jobs, and you can really get creative and do some things that are totally outside of the box. Check out these seven creative ways that you can make the most of the rest of your summer break.
- Get Involved in Your Community – There are so many rewards to volunteer work. You get the opportunity to get involved in your community and meet new people. You also get to help others, which makes them, and you, feel great. By getting involved, you will start to get into the habit of helping others, and this will extend into all parts of your life. The rewards you get out of this type of work more than outweigh the salary you don’t get.
- Conduct Experiments and Blog – Try conducting social or self-improvements. They are entertaining, and you can really learn a lot about yourself and the world around you this way. After you conduct these experiments, blog about them to let others know what you have discovered. Here is a cool experiment to try. Stand in the middle of a crowded area, and look up at the sky. Keep looking up. After a while, look around, and see how many other people are now looking to see what you were looking at.
- Take a Vacation – This is a great time to get out there and do some traveling. Not only is it loads of fun, it is a wonderful way to learn about other areas, cultures, etc. Try visiting other college campuses to see what life is like there. In fact, you can plan a theme vacation that is based around checking out other campuses. It is going to be fun and educational, and you are likely going to meet all kinds of great new friends.
- Improve Your Home -There are plenty of things you can do around your home or apartment while you are on summer break. You can take steps to make yours a smart home, which will allow you to save money and the environment at the same time. Just doing little things like updating electronics or cleaning air vents will help to make your home more efficient, and it will give you something to do all summer.
- Start Your Own Small Business – If you want to make extra money, but you don’t want the typical summer job, try starting your own business. There are all kinds of things you can do, from mowing lawns to selling lemonade to tutoring summer school students. More and more students are starting their own small businesses, and many are extremely successful with their ventures. This is also another great way to learn new skills that will be useful in the future.
- Sign Up for an Internship – There are many paid and unpaid internships you can get involved in for the summer that will help to prepare you for your future. Look for internships that really interest you, and that will give you a leg up on the courses you plan to take next year. You will gain a lot of experience that may not be available to you in any other way.
- Be a Camp Counselor – If you do want a job, but you want something different, you may want to consider becoming a camp counselor. You could be doing any number of things, from teaching kids how to swim to being in charge of arts and crafts programs, and a whole lot more.
Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot. Follow Jane on Twitter!