If you’re one of the lucky ones who has finished with school AND received an offer from your dream school (perhaps at ED/EA), then you have a lot of time before you head to college. Here are some constructive things you can do during your break:
1) Research your university
It’s time to get excited about your student life! Look at the clubs and societies available or just their statistics. Check out their Facebook pages and social media accounts. Make a plan for the activities you want to get involved in at college.
2) Connect with college alumni or admits
One of the best ways to find out about your university is to ask others who have been there before you! There are many ways to contact alumni of the college - use LinkedIn and Facebook to look for alumni groups. If you've worked with Cialfo before, we can help you connect with students from our network.
You already have your place at college, so you can spend some time exploring the industries and sectors you are genuinely interested in. Always wanted to experience a start up? Now’s your chance.
Perhaps you want to see what it is like to work in finance? Internships are a great way to get experience and also earn some cash. Polish your resume and get in touch with companies for opportunities. We, for one, are always looking for young blood with fresh ideas. Drop us an email if you'd like a peak inside our exiting startup lives.
Give back to your communities. Find something you are passionate about, and look for an organization you can volunteer with. Teaching domestic workers basic computing skills, caring for animals, interacting with children – or maybe helping another kid with their college application? The possibilities are endless.
The world is your oyster. Meeting different people and experiencing new cultures provides opportunities for personal development and learning. And an added bonus? Think about all the stories you'd be able to share with your new friends at the university! A perfect ice breaker.
6) Speak to professionals
If you don’t have time for an internship, you can learn a lot about different career options by reaching out to professionals in the industry and asking them to share their experiences. Make sure you know what you want to ask though – professionals are willing to help you, but only if you prepare and ask the right questions.
7) Bring out the bookworm
It’s a good idea to keep your brain active. Now that you don’t have so much pressure to complete assignments, go ahead and read for pleasure. Reading broadens your mind! Also read articles and news related to your chosen major, so when get to college, you are still up to date. Try the Blinkist app to get bite sized synopsys of popular books. We love it!
8) Have fun
You worked hard at school and on your applications. Now you can spend some time having fun – cooking, exploring, relaxing, whatever you like to do. Take some time to rest and enjoy yourself.
So whilst it might be tempting to just relax completely and soak in the glory of your achievments, make sure you spend some time following your passions and planning ahead to build valuable skills before you embark on your college life.