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Top 5 Summer Plans for College Students

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With finals approaching, this means one thing… summer is around the corner! As a college student you have to get out there and do something with yourself. So, my recommendation is to consider these top 5 summer plans for college students

1. Intern

Unfortunately you’re not in high school anymore so interning is a must.  It is very important to secure a great internship for the summer because this allows you to make connections, get experience and most importantly help your future. You never know where a summer internship may lead… it could possibly give you a career with the company one day. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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2. Study Abroad

College is the best time to travel! Summer is even better because you’re not missing out on anything from the school year so it’s the best of both worlds. Take a look at this eCampus blog: Top 5 Reasons to Study Abroad, you can see a few of the many benefits of studying abroad. My recommendation would be to take a fun class you wouldn’t normally take at your university, maybe even one that is specific to the country you are in. This will definitely enhance the experience of your trip.

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3. Get a Job

Of course the fall back to not interning or studying abroad is getting a summer job. Although, this might not be the most fun or interesting thing to do in the summer but at least you’ll be making some extra money for the school year right?

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4. Take Summer Classes

This might be the most boring option to take for the summer but it’s also something to seriously consider doing. If you did poorly in a class this semester or even dropped it, taking an online or in-class summer session class could help you get closer to earning your degree. Also if you just changed your major and are behind in credits this is a great time to catch up instead of taking 21 hours next semester.

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5. Soak Up the Sun

The last option for your summer plan could be to take it easy and relax. Maybe go to the park with your dog, hang out with friends or just lay out by the pool to get that golden tan you’ve missed all year. There’s nothing wrong with this option because sometimes after a long year of classes, taking a break is the best thing to do.

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What are your summer plans? Let us know in the comments below!

How to Find Fun at Home During the Summer

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Being home for the summer is often way different than being at college. When you’re away at school there is always something to do. When you’re home for summer, a lot of times things slow down. It’s not that you don’t know how to have fun in your home town; after all you did grow up there. It’s just that in the last nine months of school, you have likely discovered a whole new world of fun and excitement that is hard to match. I have thought of some ideas for local fun that although might be different then your style of fun from college, it will leave you enjoying yourself all summer long.

The first thing that I discovered last summer is the local farmers market. My town host one every other Saturday. My first impression was that it was just going to be a bunch of fresh produce stands, boy was I wrong. There was live music, homemade jewelry, and even decorations I could use to spruce up my dorm next year! I had such a great time that my mom and I have created a new tradition every other weekend. It’s something we can do together that I think we both look forward to.

Next, throw a bon fire! My friends and I take turns hosting bon fires all summer long. So far this summer I have already been to four and I’ve discovered that no matter how many people show up or how dead your town seems to be, bon fires bring friends closer together. When it’s a smaller group especially, you can talk about anything and relax in a comfortable atmosphere. If you’re worried about people getting bored, all you need is a football. The boys can throw a football around for hours while the girls gossip around the flames. To add to your atmosphere play music and have smore stuff ready to go. Relaxing nights like this with close friends are the ones I always remember when I’m away at school.

Third, go support a local team! My town has a minor league baseball team and the games are always fun to go to. If you don’t have sports in your town at this level, revisit your high school and catch a game there. It’s always fun to watch a good game. If there are no live sports going on, check your T.V. don’t be afraid to invite over some close friends for a game and some pizza. You’ll be sure to have a good time especially if it turns out to be close. A great opportunity for this type of entertainment will be coming up at the end of July with the 2012 London Olympic Games.

There are so many easy entertainment ideas you can do with a close group of friends. When you’re with your closest, it’s always sure to be a good time no matter what you’re doing. Although the scene might not be quite as hopping as your college town, it’s definitely only as dead as you make it. Strike a match in your fire pit and call up some buddies; I know tomorrow you’ll be reminiscing on a great night.

Fun Summer Activities

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Summer is one of my favorite seasons. It can be sunny, or cloudy, or even raining, and yet everyone is still excited. What other season do children (and college students) run outside to play in the rain? When school’s out, and the textbooks are put away at least for the time being, what can we do to keep ourselves busy? The options are seemingly endless. You can read, head to the pool, workout, travel, or relax. You can bake, or pick up a new hobby! Here are a few suggestions to fill your time this summer.

Hold a garage sale or clothing swap! Whenever I get home from school I like to reorganize and go through my room. I sort through my closet and drawers and make piles of things to keep and things I want to get rid of. Some how I always end up with tons of stuff to donate! Make a whole event out of it. You can do a couple of things. You can get your friends and family to do the same. Get rid of items—clothing or furniture—and have a garage sale. You can price everything really cheap just to get rid of it, and donate what’s left. Plus, you might make enough to take everyone out for dinner! Make a night of it!

Another option to consider, if you’re only looking to get rid of clothes, would be to hold a clothing swap! Tell your friends to go through their closets too and then set a date for everyone to come over and Swap! You can have food and drinks and make it a real party. Have everyone count his or her items and then make a big pile to swap through. You can organize by clothing type, or just make one big free for all pile! It’s a great way to revamp your wardrobe and walk away with something new!

Looking for something to do every week? Why not start a book club, or cooking group? If you’re always telling yourself you want to read more over the summer, a book club could be a great excuse! Get a group of your friends together and make a list of books you want to read over the next few months. Have a weekly meeting time, and rotate who brings snacks or drinks each week. It’s a great way to make sure you still see your friends, even though everyone gets busy! Before you know it you will have read 3 or 4 books and caught up with everything that happened over the semester!

If you would rather cook then read, why not do a cooking group? Search online, or find a fun recipe book that you want to try a few things from and a gather a group. Each week you can make something new. You can start with appetizers, and then move on to entrees and desserts. At the end of the summer, have a big “foodie” party and show off all your skills to the rest of your friends and family!

And last but not least, if you’re looking for something fun to do this summer but aren’t sure exactly what you’d like to sink your teeth into, here’s an idea. Why not try to learn a new language? Studies have shown that learning a language is not only fun and challenging, but it also stimulates your brain. You will be doing yourself a favor by trying something new. I just got back from a school trip to China and the first thing I added to my bucket list when I got home was learning Chinese! You can start small—watch a few videos, or by a book on the language or your choice. Either way, it could be a fun way to pass the time. Plus, think of how you could impress your friends with just a few sentences!

Summer will fly by—whether the sun is shining, or you see a few a raindrops—but either way, we always have a blast. Over the next few months try to broaden your horizons and try something new—whether it’s picking up a new hobby, or just reading a book, do something that will keep you busy and interest you all at the same time!

- Ring Queen