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Tips for Achieving Your Academic and Career Goals During the Summer

Newsroom | Online Student Info June 6, 2023
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Summer is on its way, and with it comes an opportunity to take a break from the classroom! However, it’s possible to enjoy your vacation while still making progress toward your academic and career goals. Whether you're a college student looking to get ahead or a high schooler trying to build your resume, there are plenty of ways to use your break wisely. 

Enroll in summer courses 

Many colleges and universities offer online courses during the summer that can be completed from anywhere. Summer classes are a great way to get ahead academically, lighten your course load during the regular school term, or even explore new subjects that may interest you. With summer courses, you can earn credits towards your degree while having time for other activities during your summer vacation. Taking courses during the summer can also show initiative and dedication to your academic goals, which can be attractive to future employers or graduate schools.  
LSU Online & Continuing Education offers several online courses that can be completed during the summer. In fact, you can enroll in many of these courses whenever you want and take them on your own time! Learn more here: 

Participate in internships or volunteer 

Internships and volunteer work can provide valuable real-world experience and help build your resume. These experiences help you develop new skills and make connections in the field you’re interested in pursuing. Many local businesses and organizations offer summer internships or volunteer work for students. Look for opportunities that align with your potential career interests, and apply early, as competition for these positions can be high.  

Explore new interests 

The summer break is a great time to discover new interests. This can include learning a new language, trying your hand at a sport or hobby, or even taking a cooking class. Finding new interests can help you gain in-demand skills and network with like-minded people, which can be valuable in any career or academic field. The process can also be a fun and meaningful way to enjoy your summer and create lasting memories.

Travel with intention

Traveling provides opportunities for personal growth and development that can be valuable in both your personal and professional life. With the right planning and preparation, traveling can expose you to new cultures, languages, and ways of thinking. These experiences allow you to develop a broader perspective of the world. Exploring new states and countries can also help you build essential life skills such as adaptability, problem-solving, and independence. Even if you cannot travel internationally or cross-country, exploring new places locally can still be a valuable experience. Additionally, you can complete online learning while traveling, making it easier to move your educational goals forward during your break. 

Take advantage of distance learning with LSU Online 

If you want to take summer courses for academic reasons or simply enroll in a class for fun, consider online learning with LSU Online & Continuing Education! LSU Online offers a wide range of online courses that can be completed from anywhere, offering the flexibility and convenience to balance your summer activities with your academic goals.  

With the right mindset and dedication, you can use your summer break to set yourself up for success in the future. And with LSU Online, you can pursue your educational goals from wherever you decide to spend your summer! Check out all our available summer courses. If you have any questions, get in touch with our student support team! Or, if you’re ready to get started, enroll today! 

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