Summer Plans: Wise words from Miss J
Despite Oregon’s bipolar weather, all other signs show that summer is soon approaching. It’s almost the end of the semester as many of the big, important school projects are assigned at this time of the academic year. Miss J would like to encourage all of you students to continue holding on, to continue working hard, and to remain sane!
Although spring has just arrived on the scene, people are already making summer plans. I’ve heard students discuss their ideas regarding traveling and going on vacations. I’ve also have heard of students expressing how they will be either working at a summer job or interning at a company of their dreams. Both of these plans are great. I recommend engaging in a little bit of both plans, however. It’s worth bragging about simultaneously traveling to a fun location and interning at a job about which you are passionate.
Usually, when you think of summer, you think of “fun” and “adventure.” You never really ponder on your future, though, when the summer season approaches. But, Miss J would like to tell you that this is the best time to think about and create your future. Summer is the time for not only freedom, but to find out whom you are, your identity, your likes, and your passion.
What exactly do you mean, Miss J? I mean, that summer should be a time where you really work towards what you plan to do after college. Where do you see yourself in two to five years? What are you passionate about? What do you want to do with your life? Four months is a long time, but it is a great time to work on yourself and work towards your dreams.
You may be ending your freshman year soon, but don’t think you can’t work on accomplishing your dreams or create a future this summer. Apply for a job that is related to the career field you hope to be in a couple of years. For example, if you are majoring in a health-focused discipline, you can apply to maybe be a receptionist at a clinic or medical center. You might not see yourself working as a receptionist after you graduate; however, it’s a start and a foot in the door towards what you want to do in the years to come.
As for you students who are of junior and senior status, Miss J would like to remind you that the end is almost near. This chapter is almost closing, and it’s about time to figure out what you will write for the next one. This summer is crucial as the things you do will steer you into where your next chapter will start. I recommend that you take the time now to start figuring out what you will do this summer that will relate to building your future.
I’m not advising you to go out and apply for just any type of job. There’s more to building your future than simply applying for jobs that appear to relate to your study discipline. I am telling you to go out and make connections, to travel and see the world beyond the small town you come from, to meet new people, and to discover something new about yourself. This summer, take the time to explore and discover your passion; get involved in something new. By the time summer ends, you’ll find you have not only accomplished many things, but that you have taken the steps that will lead you to a bright future.