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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