For students, summer term can seem a bit more foreign than the “regular” terms they’re accustomed to spending on campus. Many of their friends have gone home for the summer, and they may be feeling the stress of completing coursework while feeling a bit isolated. They may also feel that they’re missing an opportunity to fill out their résumé with important work experience.

Our friends at the CengageBrain blog, CengageBrainiac, recently shared some tips for students who are staying on campus for summer. They offer advice for students to employ to broaden both their social as well as their professional horizons. You can share the article here.

Additionally, in Student Success in College: Doing What Works!, author Christine Harrington highlights the importance of making new connections to a student’s success in college. She offers a few tips to help students make those new connections. These may prove particularly helpful to students who have the opportunity to widen their networks over the summer while many of the friends with whom they have established relationships have left campus. For one, Harrington suggests that students arrive at class prior to its start and strike up a conversation with their classmates—they already have something in common just by being there, after all. She also points out that students can take the opportunity to join a club or organization. You can suggest that they find one that meets during the summer. Getting involved will both get them out and allow them to meet new people, and perhaps also afford them the chance to serve their local community in the process. (p. 165)

Hopefully, by employing some of these helpful tips, your students are able to take advantage of the opportunities that a summer on campus can afford.

What opportunities do you encourage your students to take advantage of when they remain on campus for a summer term? Whether it’s an academic pursuit, such as assisting with research, or an opportunity to have a bit of fun, we’d like to hear about it. Start the conversation below.

Reference: Harrington, Christine. 2013. Student Success in College: Doing What Works! First Edition. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.