It’s almost summer time! Are you dreaming about sleeping in, hanging out with friends, or producing YouTube videos?

Our advice for students is to use this summer to explore careers, build extracurricular experiences, or learn new skills. Remember, time is precious.


Check out our list of 30 ideas on how to maximize your summer.

#1. Take up a new form of exercise (swimming, biking, running, etc.).

#2. Volunteer to help in a political campaign.

#3. Take a college class.

#4. Do a job shadow.

#5. Explore your creative side through a class or project.

#6. Take a first aid class.

#7. Volunteer at a children’s summer camp.

#8. Take a class at the local arts center or theater group.

#9. Volunteer to coach or be an assistant coach for a sport.

#10. Do an internship.

#11. Take a study skills class.

#12. Tour a local college or university

#13. Learn how to take notes.

#14. Study for the SAT or ACT

#15. Begin working on your college essay

#16. Do a summer exchange program.

#17. Start a business.

#18. Participate in a simulation program like Mock Trial or Model United Nations.

#19. Do a language immersion program.

#20. Teach a new skill to children or senior citizens.

#21. Organize a family reunion.

#22. Volunteer at a community event.

#23. Write articles for your local newspaper.

#24. Volunteer for the city or other parks in your community.

#25. Write a family history.

#26. Create and publish a photo book.

#27. Organize and create a mural in your community.

#28. Organize a local youth event.

#29. Write and produce a video to support local conservation.

#30. Start a blog on a topic you care about

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