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Making the Most of Your Summer: A Guide for Students from Serita Acker, Executive Director at PEER WISE

May 14, 2024

By:  Serita Acker, Executive Director of PEER WISE

Ah, summer—the perfect time for students to relax, recharge, and make the most of their experiences, whether they’re embarking on an internship, co-op, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), or job opportunity. As you dive into this exciting chapter of your academic journey, I’m here to offer some invaluable advice on how to maximize your summer and truly thrive wherever you are.

1. Be Grateful and Gracious

First and foremost, approach your summer experience with gratitude and grace. Whether you’re interning at a prestigious company, conducting groundbreaking research, or gaining hands-on experience in your field, remember to appreciate the opportunity before you. Embrace each day with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, and you’ll be amazed at the doors that open for you.

2. Ask for Help

Don’t be afraid to seek guidance and support along the way. If you encounter challenges or uncertainties, contact mentors, supervisors, or peers for assistance. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness—it’s a testament to your commitment to growth and development. Even more so, no one is ever expected to know it all alone. Remember, we’re all in this together, and there’s strength in collaboration.

3. Network

Take advantage of every opportunity to expand your network and connect with professionals in your field. Attend networking events, join industry-related groups or forums, and engage with fellow students and colleagues. Building meaningful relationships and establishing a strong professional network can open doors to future opportunities and enrich your academic and career journey.

4. Reflect

Set aside time for introspection and reflection throughout the summer. Pause to assess your goals, progress, and experiences. What have you learned? What challenges have you overcome? What areas do you want to focus on moving forward? There is data in knowing what you do and do not want in your career. Reflecting on your experiences will help you gain clarity, insight, and direction as you navigate your academic and career path.

5. Remember Your Community

Finally, don’t forget the importance of community and giving back. Whether it’s volunteering your time, mentoring others, or simply supporting your peers, find ways to contribute to the communities that have supported you. Pay it forward and make a positive impact wherever you go.

As you embark on your summer journey, remember that every experience, big or small, can shape your future and contribute to your growth and development. Embrace each opportunity with enthusiasm, curiosity, and a spirit of adventure. With the right mindset and approach, you’ll make this summer one to remember.

Here’s to a summer filled with growth, discovery, and endless possibilities. Let’s make it count!
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