Tutor Doctor | Apr 13, 2012

Things to do this summer

Categories: K-12, K12

As the summer vacations loom, you may be wondering what to do with your summer vacation. Although it’s nice to have free time to spend with your friends, you will soon find yourself with more time than you know what to do with. With busy school schedules and heavy workloads, you seldom have time to do anything extra for yourself. Summer is the perfect opportunity to learn something new, have an adventure or make a little cash while developing your career skills.

Get a job

Employment is a great choice for the holidays as you can earn a little extra cash while learning vital life skills. Gain independence, learn to manage your own finances and learn how to conduct yourself in the workplace. Experience gained at summer jobs can give you the edge over other candidates when you apply for a job after school. Try to choose something that you are interested in or a job that gives you experience towards your career. There are a number of sites you can utilize to find the perfect summer employment opportunity.

Teens4Hire

YMCA

Summerjobs

Grow your own food

For those who are environmentally minded, growing your own food is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, eat locally and grow food that is organic and higher in nutrition than the produce from the store. It’s also tons of fun! If you grow more than you can eat, sell your produce to friends, family members, neighbours and at local farmers markets. Utilize unused garden space, empty lots or allotment gardens in your local park. There are resources online on how to grow your own veggies, but most garden centers will help you with tips, tricks and ways in which to grow the best veggies in town.

Mother Earth News

Tallahassee

Develop a new skill

Ever wanted to learn a musical instrument? Or speak Spanish? Set yourself realistic goals for the summer and spend just a couple of hours every day acquiring a new skill. By the end of the summer you may not play tennis like Serena Williams, but you will be well on your way! New skills need not cost lots of money; if you don’t have the cash for lessons, there are plenty of resources online. You can also ask friends and family members to help teach you special skills that they have. If you learned a new skill every summer, you’d be a regular renaissance genius by the time you graduate. Choosing something to keep yourself busy this summer can really help to develop you as a person. Of course you must leave yourself some time to relax and enjoy the weather too! Planning ahead is key, so decide what you want to do before the summer comes and make sure you have all the resources you need.