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  • Summer vacation.

  • It's a gap between your semesters,

  • it's a break from your classes,

  • and when you're a kid it's basically time

  • to make Pokémon a full time job.

  • To me it's more than that.

  • Summer is a time to complement everything you get

  • from your academics,

  • to complement your classes.

  • Without your full time schedule in your way of your courses,

  • you have time to do things

  • that help you gain experience

  • that will help you get closer to your goals.

  • Things that you can't do

  • while you're sitting in a classroom.

  • That's the idea we're going to explore today in this video.

  • I'm going to share six different ideas

  • that you can use to make your summer more productive.

  • This is an incredibly broad topic.

  • It's basically like asking,

  • "I've got three months free, what do I do with it?"

  • To narrow it down a little bit

  • I thought I would share just some of the lessons I learned

  • from my own college summers,

  • including one of the biggest mistakes

  • I ever made as a student

  • which cost me a ton of progress and time.

  • Before we get to that,

  • let's start first with fittingly my first summer

  • which I spent here at Iowa State University on campus.

  • The first tip here is going to pertain to you

  • if you don't really know exactly what you want to do

  • with your career yet.

  • That was me after my freshman year.

  • I knew I wanted to do something with computers

  • but I wasn't really sure what,

  • so instead I decided to pursue an opportunity on campus.

  • That's really what you can do to have a productive summer

  • if you're not really sure where you're going

  • with your career.

  • If you can find something that's challenging,

  • that's going to help you meet lots of new people,

  • that's going to help you learn new skills,

  • that's going to be really, really valuable

  • and it will almost definitely be worth your time.

  • In my case, I got a job on campus

  • which here they call Cyclone Aides

  • but I think at other schools they just call it

  • Student Orientation Assistant.

  • Basically I helped students sign up for classes,

  • I answered tons of questions from parents and students alike

  • and I gave lots of tours of this campus.

  • Which, by the way, did you know

  • that Iowa State University is one of only three campuses

  • in the nation to be given a distinguished honor

  • from the American Society of Landscape Architects?

  • I still remember that.

  • That job was actually really interesting

  • and I gained a lot of experience and skills

  • that I didn't think I would need

  • since I was going into IT.

  • I got public speaking experience,

  • I got organizational experience

  • through organizing an event and hiring a speaker,

  • and I met lots of people on campus

  • that I wouldn't have otherwise met.

  • It was an incredibly helpful experience.

  • A little bonus tip here.

  • Pay attention to these bulletin boards

  • you see around campus

  • because that is actually where I found out about that job.

  • Look, employment information,

  • grad student opportunities,

  • a lot of opportunities are going to be listed

  • on bulletin boards on campus

  • so do that and also follow your school's

  • social media accounts as well.

  • On the flip side from the first tip,

  • if you are a little bit further into your major

  • and you know what you're going to do in your career

  • or you at least have an idea of it,

  • then your best probable opportunity for the summer

  • is going to be looking for an internship

  • that's going to get you some technical experience

  • in your major area.

  • That's the best possible thing to do I think

  • because you can't get a feel for the kind of work

  • you're going to be doing in the future

  • just by sitting in classes.

  • You have to get hands on experience.

  • We came down to Des Moines, Iowa

  • because during my sophomore summer I ended up working

  • at an IT company in the networking department

  • and that's where I got a lot of the hands on

  • technical experience in my major area

  • and it's where I learned to manage computer networks.

  • That was really helpful because honestly my classes

  • didn't really prepare me for what the work would be like.

  • On that note I have a little bit of a third tip here.

  • This is less of an action of an opportunity

  • to pursue in the summer,

  • but it is something to be thinking about

  • and that is to be constantly gauging

  • how you are enjoying and how you are reacting to

  • the kind of work you're doing

  • because when you constantly evaluate how that's going,

  • how you react to it,

  • you're going to be able to make better decisions

  • on what to do in the future.

  • For instance, I liked computers,

  • I liked IT,

  • but I was maintaining computer networks

  • every single day for 40 hours a week.

  • What I discovered through that internship experience

  • that I couldn't discover in a classroom

  • is that I don't like maintaining things.

  • I like to build things from scratch

  • and I couldn't have learned that in a classroom.

  • That experience actually helped me to start shifting

  • into being a YouTuber, into being a blogger,

  • and I wouldn't have been able to do that otherwise.

  • Definitely look for internships.

  • There are lots of online resources you can use

  • to find internships,

  • but really the best way to do it

  • would be to go to your career center at your school

  • or your school's career website

  • and also book an appointment with your career counselor

  • to get your resume reviewed and discuss your career options.

  • You could also, if you're going to be on campus

  • during the summer,

  • book a mock interview.

  • These are one of the best things that I did

  • to improve my interviewing skills

  • (ding) during the year

  • and I also did a couple during the summers as well.

  • For a fourth tip here,

  • beyond the jobs and the internships

  • you can also look at taking summer classes.

  • Here's my thoughts on summer classes in general.

  • Like I said, summer is basically a time

  • for you to round out your skillset

  • by doing things that you can't do in the classroom.

  • Because of that I really don't recommend

  • taking an entire full time suite of summer courses

  • because that's basically constructing

  • an extra semester for yourself.

  • You're risking burnout and you're not giving yourself

  • that time to gain those other types of skills,

  • but if you have a really firm grasp on your graduation plan

  • you could maybe take one or two summer classes

  • in addition to an on campus opportunity or a job

  • and that could help you potentially graduate early

  • or just make your next semester easier

  • and have more time for activities on campus,

  • so it is an option.

  • Now for the fifth tip here,

  • one potential exception to my overall beliefs

  • about summer school is studying abroad.

  • You can study abroad during the summer

  • and while you're getting some classes done,

  • while you're getting some degree requirements

  • out of the way,

  • you're also getting a lot of new perspectives

  • on the world.

  • Now, this is actually something that I never did

  • as a student.

  • I did travel independently to Japan

  • during my senior summer with a couple of friends

  • and it was one of the coolest experiences of my life.

  • I definitely recommend going there,

  • but studying abroad could be a nice

  • combinatorial experience.

  • You could get that experience of traveling the world

  • but also get some school requirements out of the way.

  • We've talked about jobs, internships,

  • we talked about studying abroad and summer school,

  • and that brings us to the final thing

  • I wanted to talk about in this video

  • which is using your summer to pursue a personal project.

  • This is actually what I did during my third summer

  • between my junior and senior years,

  • and it is also one of the biggest mistakes

  • that I made as a college student.

  • I don't think pursuing a personal project

  • is a mistake at all.

  • In fact if you have a skill that you want to learn

  • that you can learn well on your own,

  • your summer is probably the best possible time

  • you're going to have to sink all the hours you need

  • to sink into it to truly master it.

  • If it's going to benefit you down the road,

  • that's an awesome thing to do.

  • What my mistake was,

  • was quitting absolutely everything else

  • and trying to dedicate my entire summer

  • to that personal project.

  • At the time my project which was College Info Geek

  • was doing well.

  • It was finally getting some really good traffic,

  • finally starting to make some money.

  • Logically I was like, "Well, if I dedicate every single hour

  • "of every single day to that instead of something else,

  • "that's the best use of my time."

  • What I didn't realize was that

  • without any constraints on my schedule,

  • I wasn't going to use my time efficiently

  • because there was nothing coming up during every day.

  • I'd wake up and I would think,

  • "I have every hour of this day to do something,"

  • so I never used any of those hours very efficiently.

  • It's like Parkinson's Law says,

  • "Work expands to fill the time you allot to it."

  • Time is kind of like air.

  • With air, when you compress it

  • you can do some useful things with it.

  • You can pump up your bike tires, for example.

  • As the space the air is in expands

  • and as that air gets thinner and thinner,

  • it gets less and less useful

  • to the point where it's so spread out

  • that you can't even breathe it.

  • Your productivity is affected by time as well.

  • If you allot too much time to something,

  • you're not going to be very productive.

  • You're going to be very inefficient with your time.

  • You'll be more prone to procrastination.

  • If you have something in your summer

  • that's constraining your schedule to a certain degree,

  • it doesn't have to be as much as it is during the semester

  • but just a little bit,

  • that's going to make you use the time you have left over

  • much more efficiently.

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