Finishing your sophomore year of college can elicit the sense that your life is halfway over, the real world is too close for comfort and its all downhill from here. You might feel stuck or lack direction. You might be eager to start a job in lieu of studying all the time. Don’t fret, future college juniors. Make these final two years count by focusing in on future and fun.
Focus on Your Future
Choose your major. If choosing a major is something you have been avoiding, spend time this summer deciding so you can be ready to go in the fall. You still have two years to complete it, and chances are you’ve already completed some prerequisites.
Become an Intern. This summer and next summer should most definitely be spent in part preparing for a career post-college. Internships are the perfect tools to explore career options and make connections.
Visit the Career Center. It will give you direction if you feel lost or overwhelmed by the world outside your campus. You may find new ways you could apply your skills or different routes others have taken.
Don’t Forget About School. Yeah, like that could happen! But don’t get too wrapped up in career planning. You’re still a student, so make sure classes and attendance are your top priorities.
Focus on Fun
Dive into Extracurricular Activities! While extracurricular activities can sometimes be just resume padding, try doing one that you eagerly attend and have fun with, even if it’s not directly related to school work. Try something new!
Make a To Do List. A fun one! Think about all the wonderful things your campus and surrounding area have to offer in terms of fun. Make a list of the things you haven’t done that you would like to do in the next two years. Then get going!
Study Abroad. Junior year is often the year most students choose to study abroad. This summer, take a look at the programs your school offers and pick one that peaks your interest. There’s no better time to travel – when you’re young and surrounded by a group of friends.
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