Summer is coming, and with it comes time to do some things that youmight not have a chance to during the school year. We’ve come up with a list of great things every student can try this summer. Read on for inspiration!
Get a job or an internship
The summer months are a great time to make money and gain skills. This can be accomplished with a job or an internship to build your resume. Here are some resources to help you find a job or internship.
WPI – The Career Development Center at WPI offers services that help you explore your interests and skills and connect you with employers and corporate partners. Click HERE https://www.wpi.edu/offices/career-development-center for more information.
Clark University – The Career Connections Center at Clark University has everything you need to research jobs and internships, gain career advice, and even practice your interview skills. Click HERE https://www.clarku.edu/offices/career-connections-center/ for more information.
In the comfort of your apartment, you can search many different job and internship databases for opportunities right here in Worcester (or your hometown as well). To start, take a look at:
When you’re ready, simply set up a profile and upload your resume to kick off your online job or internet search.
Letting your friends, former coworkers, and family know you’re looking for a job or internship is another great way to get the word out. Don’t be afraid to post your interests and what you’re looking for on your social media platform, via email, and at in-person gatherings. Networking is a life-long skill that you can hone over time to help you get your first job or to make a career move anytime in the future.
Click HERE https://www.topresume.com/career-advice/networking-tips-for-college-students to check out this article that shares how and why networking in college is so important.
Make a budget and learn more about investing
Balancing your bank account and creating a budget are skills that are often not taught in school or at home. But never fear! There are many online resources that can help you create a budget you can stick to and your bank account will thank you.
Check out these offerings to get your budget on track for the coming school year:
Nerdwallet – How To Build A Budget https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/how-to-build-a-budget/
The Balance – How To Make A Budget https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-make-a-budget-1289587
Dave Ramsey – Budgeting https://www.daveramsey.com/get-started/budget
Take a class
Taking a class during the summer is the perfect way to try out something new. It can be an academic class in something you’ve been interested in but haven’t explored yet, or it can be something fun and creative. Here are some ideas, right here in Worcester.
Arts & Crafts
The Worcester Center for Crafts offers all kinds of creative, crafty classes. From glass blowing to jewelry making to stained glass design, you can roll up your sleeves and explore your creative side. Click HERE https://register.worcestercraftcenter.org/showcalendar.awp to view the calendar so you can see what is available all summer long for classes and workshops.
From Novice to Advance, The Worcester Art Museum has classes for every budding artist. You could try Fashion Design and Sewing, Photography, or Pulp Painting just to name a few of the options. Take a look to find the art class you’ve been wanting to try. Click HERE https://portal.worcesterart.org/classes/adult-classes for more.
Ready for a more active hobby? Worcester Judo offers Kick boxing, Self Defense, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo classes all year round. The summer time is a great time to invest in your health and well-being. Click HERE https://worcesterjudo.com/ to learn more.
The Worcester JCC is another great option. Join a spin class, work out in the fitness center, or take a swim. A College student summer membership is just $37 with no enrollment fee. Click HERE https://www.worcesterjcc.org/ for information.
Has running a marathon or a 5K been on your list? Central Mass Striders is the place to start. The club is a non-profit, based in Worcester, with the goal of training and supporting runners of all abilities. Click HERE https://cmsrun.org/our-club/about-us/ to learn more about how to get started.
Travel (on a budget)
In Worcester, we are within a 1-3 hour drive to mountains, lakes, and the coast. Whatever makes you happy can be reached, even on a budget. Here are some ideas of places to visit – just a drive away!
Hike in the White Mountains. There are many places in the White Mountains to hike for free – from easy trails to more advanced hikes. Click HERE https://www.visitwhitemountains.com/ for all of the details.
Sun yourself at Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA. With a snack bar, changing rooms, and a long stretch of sandy beach, this is the perfect place to go for a beach day. Parking can be pricey, so carpool with friends to keep the cost down. Click HERE https://www.discovergloucester.com/directory/wingaersheek-beach/ for all of the details.
Head to Easton’s (First) Beach in Newport, RI where you can take a dip in the ocean and bring a picnic lunch or stop at the beach-side snack bar for a delicious snack. Parking is available in the lot or along Memorial Blvd. Click HERE https://www.visitrhodeisland.com/listing/eastons-beach-(first-beach)/364/ for the details.
Picnic and listen to music at Tanglewood. Deal alert! Tickets are $25 for attendees under 40 years old for BSO performances in the Shed. Lawn seats for performances start at $13 and vary based on the show. Click HERE https://www.bso.org/Home for more information.
Take a dip in nearby Otis Reservoir at Tolland State Park in East Otis, Massachusetts. Check out this LINK https://massachusettspaddler.com/otis-reservoir-berkshire for more.
We hope our list takes some of the work out of setting yourself up for a fun, successful summer.