The summer is finally here!!! Making it through your first year is a major accomplishment and although you still have a ways to go, take pride in what you have accomplished thus far. Summer is a great time to rest and rejuvenate for the next year. This is a great time to reflect on the past year. Ask yourself, what where your highs this year, yours lows, what did you miss out on accomplishing, what did you not get to, and how would you do things differently. After you have answered these questions, you are ready to map out your sophomore year. Each year in college is truly what you make it. If you take the time to reflect and navigate your path, you will see opportunities for growth and seize those moments to be the best you can be. Each semester (and year) you should have a set of goals and at the end of the semester (and year) you should take stock and see where you are in accomplishing each of those goals. Take pride in the goals you have accomplished and refocus the goals you were not able to complete. If you need to adjust your goals, by adding to them or taking away from them do so. The important factor is not giving up on your goals or revisiting them often to remind yourself why you work so hard and to keep you focused.
Summer also provides a great opportunity for you to take your college career to the next level. You can use this time to enroll in summer classes, spend time developing yourself at an internship, get a summer job, and even study abroad. Twelve weeks is not really a long time. If you wait too long to plan or get involved the summer will pass you by and nothing will be completed. The optimal time to prepare for summer is April, but there are still plenty of great opportunities that will be available in May and June, which is why you must act fast and not waste any time. Summer classes are typically offered in two or three sessions. Choose classes that are general requirements and will transfer easily or classes that will help prepare you for a more challenging course you have next semester. Many businesses would love to have students (who want to join the profession) donate their time. However having someone for only four weeks is not as helpful as ten to twelve weeks. This same rule applies to a summer job. An employer will be more likely to dedicate time, resources and energy to an employee who will be with the company for three months versus one month. Utilize previous employment, parents, and friends to locate potential opportunities. If you have the opportunity to travel abroad, seize it! There are many opportunities to learn take classes, volunteer, and immerse yourself into another culture. These experiences provide life lessons that will expand past information learned in the classroom.
Summer is a great time to sit back and just relax, however forgoing relaxation now and investing in your future will help you further along in your career. There will be plenty of time to relax once you have graduated and are in your career. Use the summer to reflect, set new goals, and prepare for the next semester. Summer is the time to prepare for the next stage in your life, if you do not use the time wisely you may not achieve the goals you have outlined for yourself. Enjoy the summer and congrats on being a Sophomore!