The transition to college life causes a drastic change in students’ school life, but it also has an impact on their summer. Where the warmer months used to sustain a carefree state of mind throughout childhood, there is now pressure to prepare for a career outside of school.
As a result, students feel inclined to participate in internships or major related employment, or volunteering. As a result, students get caught up in the cycle of checking LinkedIn, using connections, and comparing options with their peers. For subclasses, however, there are several ways students can be productive without an internship.
Although participation in internships has various advantages, they are not necessary for subclasses. “While it’s taken for granted that the summer after junior year is spent finding a killer internship that could lead to full-time employment after graduation, there’s no final decision as to how to spend these first two summers”, a USA today the article reads. So yes, a freshman internship is an expectation, but the previous two summers can be more personalized.
Underclasses can spend the summer working on their sanity. By the end of the first year, students are emotionally and physically exhausted. In the Junior College Student Engagement Survey, 53% of freshmen entering college in fall 2021 reported substantial increases in mental and emotional exhaustion, Inside Higher Education reported. With the transition to college bringing rampant stress, summer is a great time to recuperate.
Students can also spend this time with friends and family in their hometown. Although it may seem small, spending time in a place with comfort people is still beneficial for your mental health. Leisure activities can include family movie night or ice cream with friends. According to Piedmont, a Carnegie Mellon University One study found that using family and friends as a “stress buffer” helps avoid negative coping tactics such as heavy drinking and smoking.
Students can also take advantage of the summer to access other mental health resources. It becomes difficult to allocate time for attendance during the hectic school year. With options like weekly therapy, however, students can return to campus in the fall rejuvenated.
On another note, working a job is a great use of time. While it provides a source of income, it also teaches valuable life lessons. Students can learn skills in time management, organization and communication, as well as how to work in a team. According to MD Web, they can also use these skills and apply them to future experiences. The underclass age is a valuable time when students can pursue jobs that differ from their desired profession.
Finally, summer can be the time to take academic courses. This approach to summer is incredibly effective. Students can receive credits that make it easier for them to get through the next semester and the next few years. SU freshman Anny Poltinnikov is taking a math class this summer to prepare for success the following year. “It allows me to earn credits while staying home and spending time with my friends and family,” she said.
Syracuse University even offers outstanding opportunities for students to take courses abroad. these programs go away for several weeks and allow students to explore other countries with other SU students. While internships continue to be common conversation, underclasses shouldn’t stress. By working, focusing on their mental health, and taking classes, students can be productive in other ways this summer.
Hannah Karlin is a first-year English student. His column appears every two weeks. She can be reached at [email protected].
Published on April 25, 2022 at 9:47 p.m.