5 Ways to Stay on Track This Summer

By UW Colleges

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Summer is the perfect time to unwind and relax after a tough semester. Though some R&R is important, summer can also be used as a time to get ahead. You can finally do the things you’ve been meaning to during the semester.

Here are few ideas to stay on track this summer:

1. Take a Summer Class

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It’s not too late to enroll in a summer course! Now that you have more time, you can focus your energy on one or two courses. This is a great way to get ahead on credits and lighten your load for upcoming semesters.

2. Research Majors and Programs

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Use this break to plan for your future. During the school year, it is easy to put figuring out your major on the back burner. Now is the time to look at resources and information to find out which major is the right fit for you. Also, keep in mind that each of the UW System four-year campuses offers different majors. Get started by visiting Major Mania.

3. Work on Job Application Materials 

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Why not use this time to get your cover letter, resume and LinkedIn in order? You can reflect on your experiences throughout the year and see how they have impacted you professionally. Employers want to know about any internships, clubs, activities or volunteer experiences that you have had.

4. Volunteer


If you’re looking for a meaningful summer, consider volunteering. Besides doing good in the world, volunteering looks great on a resume and helps you grow connections. Find something that fits your interests and is an important cause to you.

5. Make a Summer Reading List 

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Between assignments and social events, it can be difficult to find time to read for enjoyment. Use lazy summer days to catch up on your reading. Along with keeping your mind sharp, reading lowers stress and expands your vocabulary.