The time has come and the spring semester is beginning to dwindle down.
The semester is slowly increasing your anxiety level due to final projects, papers, presentations, and exams.
Remember: “80% of success is showing up.” You got this!
Before you begin cramming for exams and assignments, you cannot forget about the one thing that you have been waiting all semester for…
Summer Break of course!
Have no fear..the end of this academic year is almost here!
While the summer is fairly close, there is still enough time to finish strong and continue planning ahead.
We have created a Top 5 list of things that we suggest you consider for the remaining semester.
1. Visit the Career Center
If you have yet to visit the #1 Career Center in the country, you should definitely add this to your to-do ASAP!
The Center for Career and Professional Development is the perfect place to help determine your career path, discover internships, critique your resume, and also assist with mock interviews.
You can either call 656-0440 to schedule an individual appointment (Mon-Fri 10am-11:30am or 1:30pm- 4pm) with a counselor, or drop-in for a quick 15 minute one-on-one with a counselor Mon-Fri from 1:30pm to 3:45pm.
2. Gain Volunteer Outreach/Civic Engagement Experience
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Below are 12 noted (onlinecollege.org) benefits of participating in community service learning:
Students who participate in community service learning tend to do better in school. It’s believed that community service is somewhat of a missing link for students, giving them the chance to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real human needs. Volunteering is a great way to follow up on and supplement subjects that have been covered in the classroom.
Students who do community service work learn that they can actually make a difference with what they do. This helps students better understand their own competence, leading to more self-confidence and a can-do attitude that can spread to their work and academic pursuits.
Youths who take part in volunteering activities become more involved in their communities, and as a result, tend to care more about what happens in those communities. Often, students who have participated in community service will grow up to become young voters and remain involved in their communities throughout their lives.
Students participating in community service are often faced with challenges and tough problems to tackle. By working through them as a volunteer, they learn how to better solve problems, and enjoy the satisfaction of overcoming a hurdle.
Creating a lifelong habit of community service can help students become more healthy over the course of a lifetime. Research has shown that individuals who participate in volunteering have better physical and mental health than those who do not, especially among adults aged 65 or older.
Taking part in community service teaches students skills that are valuable to employers, like problem solving, teamwork, and the ability to follow instructions. Volunteering is especially valuable when it is related to a student’s future career.
Community service opens students up to a wealth of networking opportunities, allowing them to build new relationships within their community as they contribute. Students can meet new people, work with new organizations, and strengthen their ties to the community.
As students work within their community, they learn that they can be responsible for making great things happen. This helps to build a sense of responsibility in students, and a sense of pride when they see what they’ve done is actually helping others.
Volunteering allows students to take what they’ve learned and apply it beyond the classroom. This offers the opportunity for enrichment and a great way for them to see how concepts they’ve learned work in the real world.
Participating in community service allows students to build upon their existing skill sets. As students work in a real-life setting, they can use volunteering projects to explore and improve upon existing skills. Students can explore potential careers and find out what they need to develop in order to work in the field.
Students who participate in volunteering opportunities may be able to find more scholarships than they would without such experience. As community service offers students a way to build their network, they’ll be creating connections with more people who can write letters of recommendation, and often, certain community service organizations offer their own scholarship opportunities.
As students work in community service programs, they’ll learn how to better work in teams. Often, students will also learn to develop leadership skills as well. This is valuable not just for schoolwork, but for higher education, careers, and further community involvement.
Check out Clemson’s Outreach Opportunities here!
3. Spring Cleaning
Consider cleaning appliances and inspecting room (or apartment), so that you aren’t overwhelmed with things to clean, pack, and/or (hopefully not!) fix.
Below are noted (lifehack.org) suggestions.
- Rearrange your dorm room – the first thing you’ll need to do is rearrange everything. Even if you like how it is now, try to maximize the space in the room and realize that rearranging the room makes cleaning (and finding things) infinitely easier
- Sell old textbooks – once you rearrange the room, you will have undoubtedly found some old textbooks. Get them out of your room to reduce clutter and sell them to add some money in your pocket.
- Get rid of unused clothes – there will be old, dirty, clothes that you probably never want to wear again. Don’t keep them just to keep them! Trash it completely and save yourself the space and time
- Update your resume – any student looking for a job needs a continually updated resume. Jump on it whether you’re about to graduate or in the market for internships
- Spruce up your online image – with social networking these days, it is no wonder people are having problems with their online image. See what drunken photos you need to delete to make yourself more presentable
We hope this helps, thanks for reading!