Summer break can be a chance for college students to rest and recharge after a busy year. It also can be a great opportunity to get ahead. In either case, it’s important for students to retain the valuable knowledge and skills they learned in the classroom.
Kevin Powers, Coordinator of Academic Success at Nebraska Methodist College, offers the following tips for students to use their summer wisely in order to hit the ground running when they return in the fall:
- Use it or lose it. It’s a lot easier to forget things than it is to remember them. Find ways to stay connected to your material during summer break. Make time each week to brush up by reviewing notes, answering questions in textbooks or practicing some of the skills you learned in your labs with friends. It can prevent you from having to take time to relearn that material later.
- Get a job. Finding a summer job or internship in your field of study will help you maintain, and likely expand upon, the knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom. Plus, that job or internship will give you important experience that you can put on your résumé.
- Take a summer course. If you want to get ahead, taking a class during the summer can be a good way to earn credits ahead of schedule and maintain your academic momentum. Keep your expectations realistic though, and don’t overload yourself with too much work.
- Work ahead. Even if you’re not taking a summer class, you can still get a jumpstart on fall by doing things like previewing the texts or viewing videos online associated with your upcoming courses. Reach out to your instructor for recommendations.
- New students, get to know your advisor. Advisors are filled a wealth of essential information. Visit them often and ask questions. They can help you plan your schedule as well as understand what to expect in your first year and beyond.
- Take a break. College is tough, and sometimes we all need a mental break. Whether you are working to maintain what you’ve learn or trying to get ahead, make sure to find time to relax and properly recharge your batteries this summer.
Feel free to comment about your favorite summer activities.
Being a college student often means living on a tight budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. Omaha is a hub of things to do that won’t break your bank. If you are looking to get out and about without spending a lot of dough, put down that Ramen, because we’ve got some great ideas for you:
- Ride the slides at the Gene Leahy Pedestrian Mall. Seasoned sliders bring wax paper for extra speed. After that, head over to the Old Market to take in Omaha culture at its finest.
- Take your picture standing in two states on the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge. Then enjoy all the great parks and attractions Omaha’s riverfront has to offer.
- Be inspired at one of Omaha’s art galleries. The Joslyn Art Museum , the Bemis Center and Hot Shops all have free admission. Also, don’t miss Artsarben later this month at Stinson Park.
- Air guitar to some of Omaha’s best bands. Catch a free concert at Midtown Crossing or go see a local show at the Slowdown or the Waiting Room — both popular all-ages venues. Some local shows are as cheap as $5.
- Ride like the wind down the Keystone Trail — just a half-mile from campus — or explore Omaha on one of its many other trails.
- Make a hole in one. Forget about green fees — play a round of disc golf at Seymour Smith Park at 72nd and Harrison streets.
- Pay homage to our country’s veterans at Memorial Park. Memorial Park is a great place for a walk or ride. It’s also an excellent spot to go sledding in the winter.
- Pick up a spare at one of Omaha’s many bowling alleys. Bowling is a great group pastime that doesn’t break the bank, and West Lanes bowling alley is just a mile and a half from campus near 72nd and Dodge streets.
- Shop for groceries at an Omaha farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets near campus include Aksarben Village, Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Midtown Crossing, Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Some of the farmer’s markets have free entertainment and, best of all, free samples!