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Summer Hibernation? Think Again!

By Hally Pinaud

Not all college students are spending their summer lounging on the beach! We asked our readers what they were doing with their time off. You might be surprised to learn how productive their big plans are!

It looks like vacation is finally here--students are packing up their sweats, tossing out the "beer-a-mid" on the coffee table, and making their summer plans. So does this hiatus from textbooks and friends mean it's time to go home and sleep the next three months away? Hardly. We polled Experience users about their summer plans and learned that most of them had some pretty big goals: from making cash, to furthering their education, it seems like everyone is doing something.

The good 'ol summer job seems to be the most popular destination for the summer. Over 47% of respondents said they were ready to head home and start work. Most students do so for the financial benefit. A. from University of Massachusetts Amherst says his job collecting tolls is "great pay."

So what kind of summer jobs are students taking? Many will be hitting the floors in retail- Alexandra from Western Michigan University says she will "bleed red and khaki" this summer while she works for Target; Frances at Northern Illinois University simply says "Wal-Mart!" when asked what his summer plans are. Several others are finding ways to take advantage of the summer tourist season; Jennifer at McMaster University says she plans on working as a server at a beach resort, and Sarah at Fort Hayes State is getting ready to visit Yellowstone as a camp councilor.

A significant number of students plan on using their summers to get some hands-on career education - 40% will be working as interns for the summer. Afua at Eckerd College says she'll be working in a fashion house, "doing anything and everything under the sun!" Meanwhile, Jessica from Emerson College will head to Paris to be an assistant at a French theatre company.

Only 8% of students say they will be using the summer to take courses. A handful of respondents also note that they will be using their break to do volunteer work with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

The majority of summer plans were made with help from college: 30% of students note they used their college career center or another school resource to find their summer work. Another 25% networked and got their job from someone they knew, and 16% found out about their summer job online.

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