USA TODAY College – April 5, 2017

We get it. After a long, stressful year of college, all you want to do this summer is catch up on sleep, binge on Netflix and spend every waking hour at the beach or by the pool. And you should definitely take time to do that!

But once the fall semester rolls around and it’s time to return to campus, what do you want to be able to say you spent your summer doing? Here are a few big ideas.

1. GET AN INTERNSHIP

Getting as many internships during your college years is essential. The more professional experience you can get, the better. Interning during the summer will allow you to focus solely on your job duties, without the stress of worrying about class, mid-terms, finals and other obligations that you typically have during the regular school year.

Related: 5 ways to totally crush your internship

2. STUDY ABROAD

The summer is the perfect time to gain some worldly experience. Studying abroad will allow you to travel and see new places, while also getting a great educational experience. You can even intern abroad while taking courses, which will look amazing on your resume and show employers that you have experience working internationally.

Related: 3 lessons you’ll learn by studying abroad this summer

3. TAKE SUMMER COURSES

However, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to take summer courses. Take some classes at your college  to get ahead or catch up. It happens! Sometimes you get overwhelmed with a heavy workload and have to drop a class. Or maybe you had a bad semester and failed a class. Summer is the time to make up for those classes or to get ahead if you want an easier workload during the school year or have plans to graduate early.

Related: 3 benefits of summer college classes 

4. VOLUNTEER

Find a local organization to volunteer at this summer. It’ll be something you can add to your resume and it’s also just good to give back and do something selfless.

5. START A NEW PROJECT

If you’ve been talking about starting a blog for months and still haven’t gotten around to it, now is the time to do it! Start a YouTube channel, create a startup business, make art. Use these few weeks to start, and actually finish, a new project you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had time for.

6. SAVE MONEY

Beware of taking expensive summer vacations, because it will put a dent in your wallet. In order to avoid eating Ramen and Hot Pockets for dinner during the regular semester, use the summer to save up your money. It’s possible to have a social life this summer and not break the bank.

Related: Ask Brianna: How can I stay on budget but still have a social life?

7. SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY

Returning home for summer break is great to see all of your old high school and hometown friends, but don’t forget that your family has also rarely seen you over the last several months. Spend time with your family because you may not have the opportunity to see them much once you go back to school.

8. READ A BOOK OR TWO

When’s the last time you read a book that wasn’t for class? Create a summer reading list and spend some of leisure time reading rather than staring at a screen.

http://college.usatoday.com/2017/04/05/8-ways-to-make-the-most-out-of-your-summer/

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