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How to Help Your College Student Use the Summer Months Wisely


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Remind your student that the summer months can be an important time for advancing his college career – both directly and indirectly. Here are a few suggestions of things your student might consider for the summer months.

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How to Help Your College Student Use the Summer Months Wisely

  1. 1. How to Help Your CollegeStudent Use the SummerMonths Wisely Don’t go to College without us….
  2. 2. How to Help Your College Student Use the Summer Months WiselyMost students are looking forward to a well-deserved break fromschool work and routine. However, this doesn’t mean that thesummer months are not important, and hopefully productive, monthsfor your college student. After your student has had an opportunityto catch up on some sleep, eat a few home-cooked meals, and dosome laundry, it may be time to have a conversation about a planfor the summer.You’ll need to let your student take the lead in planning, but youmay give some encouragement and guidance to help him thinkcreatively. Remind your student that the summer months can be animportant time for advancing his college career – both directly andindirectly.Here are a few suggestions of things your student might consider forthe summer months.
  3. 3. Work At A Job To Earn Money For many students, this summer income is not optional. If extra income during the summer months means that your student will need to work fewer hours during the school year, or possibly not need to work at all during the school year, that is important. Photo: Andy OakleyStudents who try to work too many hours while attending classesmay have difficulty balancing their study time andpriorities. Summer job experience is also important on yourstudent’s resume.
  4. 4. Consider A Summer Job That Relates To Her Chosen Career Or FieldAlthough your student may need a summer job primarily forincome, encourage her to consider a summer job thatrelates to her chosen career or field. This will give her anadded benefit for her resume, and also give her theopportunity to test out the field to confirm that it is right forher.
  5. 5. Internships Another option for summer work is an internship. Some internships may pay, but most do not. However, the experience gained by most students through an internship makes it well worth the unpaid time. Students can “audition” a career, gain experience for their resume, and make important networking contacts.THE free eBook brought to you by CollegeParents of America and All theinformation you need to help your student findand land a great internship!
  6. 6. Take A Summer ClassYour student mightdecide to take asummer class. This maymean that your studentwill get ahead andaccelerate his timelineto graduation, takesomething not availableat his college, make upfor a course in which hehad difficulty, or simply Photo: kevsunblushtake something for fun.
  7. 7. Job Shadowing Or Informational Interviewing Photo: bpsusfYour student might spend some time during the summer doingsome job shadowing or informational interviewing. This is anexcellent time to gain more information about her chosen field– as well as to make some important contacts.
  8. 8. Traveling Or Studying Abroad Photo: Vancouver Island UniversityYour student might spend the summer traveling or studyingabroad. Travel is always an experience that broadenshorizons. Some students will be unable to study abroad duringthe regular school year – perhaps due to requirements in theirmajor or some other reason. Many programs offer summerstudy abroad experiences.
  9. 9. Networking With People In The Industry Your student might spend some time during the summer working on networking with people in the industry in which he is interested. He might create a Linkedin account, attend local seminars or workshops, or find local events related to the field. Photo: May’s Business School He may make some important contacts that will be helpful later.
  10. 10. More Job Related ActivitiesYour student might spendtime during the summerworking on acquiring orpolishing importantskills. Working on anythingfrom learning excel,publishing software,photoshop, improvingwriting or public speakingskills, will give her anadvantage. Photo: NevermindingYour student might begin to work on some job-related preparation. Hecan review his Facebook page from an employer’s perspective, work onhis resume and/or cover letter, practice interviewing, shop for interviewappropriate clothing.
  11. 11. More School Related Activities Your student might spend some time this summer purchasing textbooks for his fall courses. As of July 1, 2010, colleges are required to give students information about textbooks at the time that they register for courses. Many professors post syllabi on line, and college bookstores usuallyPhoto: ancient history have textbook information.If your student buys her books this summer, she might spend sometime getting a head start on some of her reading. This may make thefall semester feel less overwhelming at the beginning.
  12. 12. Some Relaxation, Something Fun, And Something Personally RewardingFinally, and not least, yourstudent should use thesummer months for somerelaxation, something fun, andsomething personallyrewarding. Being a collegestudent can be hard work,and can be stressful. Thesummer months can beproductive, but should also bea break for your student. Photo: bryanwolff.comHelping your student find the balance between productive use of her timeand some summer fun is important. Helping your student consider creativeways to use her summer may lead to some interesting and rewardingconversations. Do keep in mind that although you may suggest, yourstudent will need to take the lead in choosing how to use her time. Enjoygetting reacquainted with the college student who is spending time withyou.Article brought to you by Vicki Nelson. Read the complete article here.
  13. 13. You have questions, we have answers! College Parents of America and get more tips and advice on: What is my role as a college parent; How should I communicate with my college student; How to avoid becoming a helicopter parent; and Much More…For more information, please contact us the following ways: @CPofAmerica 888-761-6702 Like Us