While July is coming to an end, there are still a few ways to make the most of the rest of summer. Here are a few ways to handle transitioning in the summer.
Make sure you RELAX
Although this may go without saying, it is important to take care of yourself. Whether this is your first summer vacation after the military or you have been a student for several semesters, a period of time to decompress is paramount. As a veteran, I tend to push myself non-stop; always trying to achieve more. But every so often it is important to sit back and enjoy life. Go to the beach or a park, spend a day in your favorite city, or do something else that is fun just for you. A few days of relaxation will allow you to feel recharged when you get back to the books.
Keep in mind that your college or university will have faculty and staff working over the summer (although they may be in during limited hours). Set up your schedule and classes for next semester, buy your books and some supplies, speak to your advisor if he or she is available, and maybe do some reading ahead of time. Walking in to your first class in September ahead of the curve will make for an easier semester. Consider whether or not you want to do VA work study next semester.
Spend some time planning beyond just next semester. As you come closer to finishing your degree, think about whether you want to pursue an even higher degree. It is never too early to start planning for grad school. If graduate studies are not for you, then begin thinking about where you want to work, in what field, and with what organizations.
Veterans are often looked at as a population that needs a lot of help from society. The truth is that veterans are a population that can help society. The training and abilities that we have are incredible wherever they are applied. Think about tutoring students taking summer classes or volunteering in some other capacity. Volunteering will not only help the community but will also give you a sense of accomplishment. Organizations like the American Red Cross, The Mission Continues, Team Rubicon and the VA love to have veteran volunteers.