Summer in college is definitely quite different than in high school — in more ways than one, I might add. Most notably, though, is the duration of a college summer break. Unlike in high school, where districts only have about two months off, a college summer is the length of an entire semester (hence the name “Summer Term”). What are you going to do with all of that time? Here are some suggestions:
1.) Take a Class (or Two)
Summer doesn’t have to be a complete “break” — classes are available for you to enroll in, just like any other semester. If you are behind in your major, plan on graduating ahead of schedule, or just want to get ahead and learn something new, consider taking a summer class! I’m taking HUMNNTR 2210 (The Science of Human Nutrition) this summer to fulfill a GE. You don’t have to be a full time student over the summer — I’m only taking 3.0 credits. Head over to Buckeye Link to look at your options!
2.) Get a Job
With all of this free time, you might consider getting a full- or part-time job to earn some extra cash over the summer. This can be done on or off campus, with many options available for Ohio State students. I’ll be working for my old school district doing summer cleaning this semester as a way to earn some money. Check out OSU’s Student Job Board for ideas!
3.) Travel or Study Abroad
Whether you travel with Ohio State, your family or on your own, the summer leaves plenty of time for you to explore the world! There are many study abroad programs available to Ohio State students during Summer Term, but feel free to travel on your own as well — even a weekend trip to a new part of your own city is a worthwhile adventure.
4.) Spend Time With Friends and Family
The summer gives you plenty of time to catch up with your loved ones. Don’t forget to spend time with your friends and family while you actually have the extra time to do so!