May 21, 2008 4:48 PM
After studying for 8 months, now time has come to take a break! Or do something else studying, but in case you insist on studying then yes, you can do summer school. But for those who has no clue what to do this summer, here's a list of some things you can do.
1) Hang out with friends and family
One of the first things I am going to do this summer. It's been a while since I had time to visit my friends and family. Spending time with family, especially for people not from the Bay Area,
can be hard to do during the school year. Though my family is close to Berkeley (except my parents; they're across the Pacific), I've heard my friends complain how costly and hard it is to travel. And even if they get to visit their family, a few days is not enough to really do anything.
Make sure to visit friends and family at least once while summer lasts.
A good way to spend your time with your friends and family is to travel (if you want to spend your time alone that works too). It can be anywhere; abroad, other states, or just your local area. Especially if you've been sick seeing the same school buildings for 8+ months, it's good to visit places and see something new.
Sometimes traveling can get expensive--especially with high oil prices lately. But you don't have to travel far far away to have fun during the summer! You can just chill at home and have your friends come over play games, chat, stroll around the mall, etc.
4) Work, internship, or volunteer
But for some people, they to keep themselves busy. Working is good in ways that you earn money, gain job experience, and it can make time go faster (that's if you get a fun job). You can either work full-time or half-time. But make sure to apply early (like now) before other universities start finishing their school year--you dont want to compete for those precious summer job/internship. Cal goes out of school really early compared to others, so take this advantage.
5) Summer school
Some people like Berkeley so much they want to stay longer in school during summer. Or in my case, I am taking classes so I can take less during the regular school year. Taking summer classes does not have to be at Berkeley. Community colleges offer classes with transferable units, just make sure to visit their website and check www.assist.org. You don't want to take classes and find out that it does not transfer, unless you are taking it just for fun (culinary class, arts, etc)
6) Everything else
Lastly, don't forget that you can mix up traveling, working, studying, chillaxing, and so on. You don't have to pick one way or another. In my case, I'm going to study and work part-time, hopefully I can keep up with both and have time to chill and visit my friends and family.
What ever you decide to do,
HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!
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