5 things every college student should do this summer

5 things every college student should do this summer

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - For many young people, summer is a time to play and relax.  For young professionals, or soon to be, Michelle Horton says it is UP TIME!  Time to get ahead.

Horton is a professor with the Wake Forest University School of Business and the founder and CEO of YOUniversity Drive, LLC.

Horton visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share 5 things Every College Student Should Do This Summer:

1.     Get an Internship, Volunteer, Learn a New Skill.

Further experience and knowledge of your industry

Gain insight into your field of study

Beef up your resume

Make yourself more marketable

2.     Get in Formation

Revise: Update and edit your resume.

Research: Research companies of interest to identify questions you can ask in your interview.

Practice: Work on interviewing skills.

Network: Set up 2 networking informational interviews each week.

3.     Make a budget

Keep track of spending for upcoming semester

Set spending limit each month for food, rent, transportation, food supplies, entertainment and other expenses

Tip: Planning ahead can help reduce stress and keep you focused on your studies.

4.     Catch Up on Reading.

Pick a NY Times Best Seller, an old classic or how-to book to open your mind and learn something new

Tip: A few recommended books for college students:

-? Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

-? Bossypants by Tina Fey

-? The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

-? Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

-? The Best Advice I've Ever Got: Lessons from

-   Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric

5. Travel, Explore

Go hiking, attend a music festival, step outside of your daily routine

Tip: Stretching yourself beyond the chair by the pool can be valuable. Travel teaches tolerance, self-sufficiency and resourcefulness, three keys that you can use for the rest of your life.

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