As the season heats up, it’s important to not let your spring fever devolve into lazy summer days. Although it is easy to forget your schedule and ditch self-improvement while school is out, summer break is full of opportunities for success!

Now you finally have time to develop a healthy habit or start up that side hustle idea you’ve had for months. A part-time job is another great idea to put away extra cash for college, trade school or traveling.

There are endless ways to fill down time in the dog days of summer. Here are 10 to get you started:

  1. Get Down to Business

The best thing a student can do to ensure a productive summer is to work part-time or full-time, depending on their willingness to sacrifice free time. There are plenty of seasonal job opportunities that can be fun and pay well; working as a lifeguard, landscaper, nanny or a camp counselor are just a few examples.

  1. Start on Those Scholarships

Whatever your post-graduation goals may be, scholarships are a fantastic means to fund them. Did you know that scholarships are available to fund all sorts of dreams, not just for university-bound grads? Many are available to high schoolers and trade school attendees, and most have a simple application process. It’s just a matter of taking the time out of your day to put in some work and write a few essays.

  1. Work an Internship

Internships develop professional skills and job experience. Many internships are unpaid, but what you don’t earn in a paycheck now, you’ll likely earn in the future when you’re hired for a full-time position because of your skills and experience.

  1. Develop Your Professional Skills

Great at public speaking, but want to improve? Wish you were better at math? Summer is an excellent time to turn weaknesses into strengths by taking classes at a local community college. Chances are, it won’t require more than an hour or two a few times a week. Many local schools offer generous financial aid and scholarships for high school students looking to further their education over the summer.

  1. Establish Healthy Habits 

Summer is the perfect time to get back on track and re-evaluate your habits and daily routines. Less responsibility at school means you can focus on starting a new exercise regimen, learning to cook nutritious meals or keeping a clean living space.

For more advice on healthy habits, visit our website here.

  1. Try a New Hobby

Learning a new hobby is an easy way to relax and enjoy summer while staying productive. Art, writing, enjoying the outdoors or joining a sports league are just a few options for creative, fruitful downtime. Enjoying yourself in a productive manner is essential to having a successful summer.

  1. Start a Side Hustle 

Whether it’s helping your neighbors mow their lawn, tutoring younger kids, or selling popsicles at a little league game, a creative idea and a bit of hard work and can go a long way. Find a few friends to go in on an idea with you, or take sole ownership of your venture—either way, creating a business plan and watching it grow is rewarding and very impressive to future employers.

  1. Hone Your Writing Skills

The best way to become an excellent writer is through lots of practice! Whether it’s starting your own blog, writing to the local newspaper about a cause you care about, or just keeping a creative journal, writing skills are crucial for just about every job these days. Start writing now and witness your own improvement by the time you back to school.

  1. Study for the SAT/ACT

While college may not be the best fit for everyone, nailing the SAT/ACT can open the door to great opportunities and scholarships that can keep you out of debt and in control of your own educational path.  The key to your future success could be as simple as buying an SAT study guide or taking a prep class at a local high school or community college.

  1. Start Formulating Your Post-Graduation Plans

It never hurts to begin researching post-graduation opportunities ahead of time. It can be difficult figuring out where to begin, but a simple phone call to the institutions you’re interested in is an easy first step. Keep track of your findings, and check in regularly on your post-grad game plan progress.

For more insight on how you can reach your goals and build a life you’re proud of, check our weekly blog updates or find a Bridge to Wellbeing event near you!