Surviving Summer as a College Student

Depending on your major and where you call “home” summer can be a  great time to excel in your field of study! Summer in the US typically lasts 3 to 3 1/2 months. That’s quite a bit of time! 

I personally had a unique situation. My parents moved from my hometown and across the country. So going home for me wasn’t really “home”. Because of this, I had a lot of free time (I didn’t get to hangout with old friends). It was also very important for my major to have internships every summer. One summer I had a full-time internship, a part-time job, and was taking a calculus class! If you’re looking for something to do this summer then look no further. Here are five things you can do to help make surviving summer a little easier!


  • Internship near your parents home (free room & board)
  • Internship far away (new people & experiences)

Study Abroad

  • Explore the world, learn more from my Why College Students Should Travel post!
  • My Travel Essentials: 


  • Give back to your community
  • Develop lifelong skills

Learn new Skills

Take a course or two

  • Get ahead in your degree, possibly getting to graduate early!

Do something this summer to better yourself! Use these ideas to get started and survive summer as a college student. Don’t sit around and waste your time away!

What are your summer plans?

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  • Love this! I had an internship with a property management company last summer and got a free fully furnished apartment for the entire summer! I chose to do it in Denver, which was a completely new city to me!


    Miss Olivia Says

    • Denver sounds amazing!! Free apartment?! That’s even better! 😀

  • These are great tips for a summer well spent! I’m heading home to my parents’ house by the fjords of Norway where I’m also lucky enough to have a full time summer job working with tourists 🙂


    • That sounds like an amazing summer Lisa!!

  • Great Tips for sumer time! During my sumers, I always had a job or an internship to save money for during the school year. Like you, “home wasn’t actually home, so I spent a lot of time working and doing nothing. Now that I am graduated, m summer is full of training for my new job! Have a happy summer!

    • I’m glad you can relate with home not really being home! You have a happy summer as well!
      Hayle 😀

  • Brittney Murray

    loved the post! actually inspired me to do do some new things this summer.

    Thanks for sharing