Another Year, Another Chapter


This post provides advice for college students who will be transitioning for the summer. The author suggests planning finances, staying connected with friends and classmates, staying productive by engaging in independent research or learning new skills, trying something new, and taking care of physical and mental health. These tips will help students make the most of their summer break and stay on track for the upcoming academic year.

Quick Message from Janet Hurn, Senior Director Regional E-Campus

As the end of the academic year approaches, all of you are setting off on different adventures. Some of you have graduated while others are just getting started. Whether you’re planning to work, travel, or just relax during your summer break, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you go. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your summer and stay on track for the upcoming academic year:

  1. Plan your finances: If you’re going to be working over the summer, create a budget to help you manage your money. Make sure you have enough funds for any trips or activities you want to do, but also save some money for unexpected expenses. If you’re not working, consider taking on a part-time job or freelancing to earn some extra cash. Be sure to apply for financial aid and scholarships, you never know what’s out there to offset expenses.
  2. Stay connected: Keep in touch with your friends and classmates over the summer. Social media, email, and video chat are all great ways to stay in contact. You might also want to consider attending any virtual events or meetings hosted by Miami or student organizations. Consider taking a class over the summer.
  3. Stay productive: Even if you’re not taking summer classes, there are plenty of ways to stay engaged with your academics over the summer. Consider doing some independent research or reading in your field of study, or taking a free online course. This will help you stay sharp and prepared for the upcoming academic year. We offer a free course that helps you create your LinkedIn profile to get the best exposure for finding a new job or making those new connections.
  4. Try something new: Summer is a great time to explore new interests or hobbies. Consider taking up a new sport, learning a new skill, or volunteering in your community. Not only will this help you broaden your horizons, but it will also give you something interesting to talk about when you return to campus or add to that growing resume.
  5. Take care of yourself: Finally, make sure to take care of your physical and mental health over the summer. Get plenty of exercise, eat healthy, and get enough rest. If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, consider talking to a mental health professional or our own counseling center.

By following these tips, you can make the most of your summer break and stay on track for the upcoming academic year. Remember, summer is a great time to recharge and refresh, but it’s also an opportunity to learn, grow, and explore new things. Enjoy your time off, and have a great summer!

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