As summer rolls around, so do the questions about your plans. If you don’t have any summer plans lined up, that’s okay – just start thinking about it now! Depending on your major and career plans, there are a variety of appropriate ways to spend your summer.
With only a few weeks left in you first year of college, it is time to start thinking about your summer. While some of you probably already have plans to take to kick back and hang out with family and friends, make sure to use your summer wisely to get ahead and add to your experiences. Here are a couple things you could do over the summer, while staying at home:
I recently attended the "Careers in Sports" panel at UCS, where I learned a lot about about how to get involved as an undergraduate in internships, courses, and activities that would help someone go into the sports industry.
I have wanted nothing more but to work for the federal government of the United States of America. Personally, I want to work with the communications field of the government. Thus I came to the Federal Job Webinar, hosted by UCS on Tuesday, March 25, to learn more about how my application to a federal position would stand out.
So you’ve got an interview, congratulations! An interview is the first step to being employed and being employed is the first step to becoming an adult, which is debatably a good thing. Anyway there are a large number of things you need to do before you go to a formal interview, but here they are in four broad categories.
Congratulations. With just five weeks left until exams, you have almost completed what is questionably the most difficult, rewarding, and emotionally wrenching year of your college experience. Yes, each year here at UNC is a gift- a chance for both personal and mental exploration, a chance to don sky blue and scream at dook, a chance to meet incredible people… both potential lifelong friends and faces that will blur in our memory but have an impact on our story none the less - but there is something inherently special about your freshman year. So I encourage you to take this moment, this last month of being the youngest Tarheels, and reflect on how far you’ve come.
Midterms, papers, and assignments – we're in the midst of it all. Between the cramming and stressing, just remember that there's more to college than that one, cumulative number. You know what I'm talking about – that one number that seems to define your four years at Carolina. That's four years, 1460 days, or 35,040 hours summed up by one single number – your GPA. How indicative is that number anyway?
As you choose housing for your sophomore year, it should hit you… Your freshman year is almost over! This is not a bad thing, by any means. You will now be an upperclassman and may not have to make that walk from South Campus anymore. With this, it also means it is time to start thinking about your future career. If you have your major decided by now, you are already ahead of most of your classmates. If not, no worries! This just means you have to do some more exploring.
As a second semester freshman, you probably feel like your time here at Carolina is flying by. There is so much to do, and only so much time in which to do it! Plus, who would want to leave Chapel Hill, between the friendships, basketball games, and activities you’ve become involved in already?
As a second-semester first-year, I’m sure you’ve noticed that college classes are a little different than your classes in high school. Professors expect more engagement with the material, more personal agency in your learning, and a higher level of thinking. Plus, outside of class, the workload can be quite a bit heavier and time management is absolutely essential. If you’ve found that navigating those changes has been a struggle (you’re definitely not alone!), then you’re in luck, because I have the perfect resource for you: UNC’s Learning Center.