Summer break is a myth during your college years.
Millennials have many expectations to live up to. Instead of laying in the sun they’re working and taking summer classes to get ahead.
Surprisingly many students actually want to take summer classes.
They really aren’t putting their books down and replacing it with a drink. Instead, their pushing themselves to strive further in their career by taking online classes or staying behind at school and taking on-campus classes.
Student Alaina Gladstone decided to stay behind in her Morgantown home during summer 2016 to take classes for her Accounting major.
“It kept me in a school mode which helped me with fall semester. I saved money because I didn’t have to stay here an extra year. I was more productive and partied less.”
Other benefits for taking summer classes are that it keeps your mind active. You have smaller more personable classes which can help a student learn the content better.
Online classes allow students to get the work done on their own time, and it’s for sure easier.
The only downside with taking summer courses are time consumption away from fun and it costs a whole ton of money. It can be expensive taking courses for out-of-state students but, it sure is worth it if you want to get head.
If you decide not to take classes, you may want or need to work a part-time job.
35% of millennials reported that they worked every day of their vacations.
“The opportunities I can get are worth more than sunbathing for 30 days. It’ll help me in the long run,” says student Julie Vogel.
Let’s face it, you’re working, your parents are working so you just don’t have the time to go on a vacation.
As stated in my previous post, 8 in 10 college students experience high levels of stress, and so vacations are beneficial to a student’s health yet, we are not really relaxing during our long summer break.
The students that are working may save up to take a friend vacation to maybe have a week to enjoy themselves. However, 59% of millennials reported being “vacation shamed” for taking or planning their vacations. This prevented millennials from taking time off to actually enjoy their break. Why?
We are young, and this is probably the only opportunity we’re going to get to travel yet, our youth has traveled as far as their family members home. And so we feel pressured to make money for opportunities to travel and have leisure time yet feel ashamed asking for days off.
“If I ask for a day off at the Hospital, they don’t like to fill in the shifts, says Vogel. “I’ll have to make my reasoning for my day off seem more important in order for them to actually give the time off.”
You are the decider of your future. Whether you’re working, vacationing, or taking classes, you will succeed in your future. Hopefully you find some time within your busy lives to take a break, lay down on the hot sandy beach, and appreciate the life you have.
Thank you: This is my final blog post and I just want to thank all of my readers for a wonderful semester. You have seen my growth in writing and given me that outside support. I’m so thankful for your comments and responses to my posts. It wasn’t easy coming up with a semesters worth of content but I did it and you made me feel that my writing was influential and inspiring to others. Maybe in the future you will see my writing on a blog or a newspaper. Until then, have a great life.