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Have a Fulfilling Summer with These Worthwhile Things to Do

Have a Fulfilling Summer with These Worthwhile Things to Do

It’s no secret that students have a reputation for being partying layabouts, who are all play and no work. And if they have that reputation while they’re studying, it’s even worse in the summer. Many students get a summer job in between years at university, but not everyone does. Although it’s fun to have some time off, sometimes it can feel like you aren’t making the most of your summer holidays. If you don’t want to get a job at home or uni, what can you do fill your time? Or perhaps you do have a job but you don’t feel it’s helping to improve your future career prospects or make you feel good about yourself. What can you do with your summer that helps you feel fulfilled and could benefit you in the future? Check out these options for what to do with those long months.

Volunteer

A summer job can feel pointless and soul-sucking. Perhaps working in McDonalds or stacking shelves might help you to save some money, but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to take you anywhere. If you want something that’s going to make you feel like you’re doing something good for society, you could try volunteering. You don’t have to do it full-time – just a few spare hours a week will do. You can earn money working and volunteer on the side. Perhaps work in a charity shop, spend time socializing with pensioners or help to feed the homeless. You’ll love doing something to benefit those less fortunate, and it will look great on your CV to boot.

Get a Job Abroad

If you need the cash from working full-time, but you don’t want to stay at home or university, you could escape to another country. Every year there are hundreds of overseas jobs where you get accommodation, food and a wage in exchange for your work. There are summer camps, resorts and summer job programmes with work abroad providers. You could be a housekeeper on a campsite in France, an English teacher at a summer camp in Romania or a kiosk operator at a resort in Hawaii. It’s your chance to experience a new country, meet new people and earn some money at the same time.

Do an Internship

Summer is a fantastic time to complete an internship. They’re not for everyone, since you usually don’t get paid, but they can be beneficial. If you feel like you’re not prepared for the world of work when you graduate, interning could be the answer. You can get a taste for how business in your desired industry is run and try your hand at some proper work. There are even some you can do from home.

Start a Business

Many students dream of starting their own business, but you need to put in a lot of time and effort. During the summer holidays, if you have a lot of time on your hands, it could be the perfect time to launch a business. Spend your days setting up, ready to run in your spare time when you return to university.

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5 Hot Tips For Planning the Best Prom Night

5 Hot Tips For Planning the Best Prom Night

Celebrating the end of school is a right of passage, it deserves to be done correctly. Make sure you do it in style and enjoy your night with these five top tips for planning the best prom ever.

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  1. Road Trip

There is nothing worse than turning up to prom and seeing someone else in the same dress as you. Use dress hunting as an excuse to road trip with your girlfriends. Head for a big town a few hours away and hunt for some original dresses in shops you know you don’t have at home. That way you are way more likely to be the only girl at the party in the hot pink dress. It also gives you a good excuse to spend the day bonding with your besties.

  1. Plan Ahead

If you are looking for a limo service, it pays to do your research. If you live in a small town, the local companies will likely put their prices up for prom, so look at companies out of town. It is also important to book your limo way in advance, don’t expect to get the car you want (or any car for that matter) the week before prom. Everyone else will get there before you and you’ll end up driving yourself – or carpooling with your mum.

  1. Bag a Date

Going to prom with your girlfriends can be fun, but there’s something special about having a date knock on the door and pick you up. Don’t say yes to the first boy who asks you to go to prom. Hold out for the cute guy you’ve been dreaming about all year. Guys are shy, and if you wait for him to ask you, it might never happen, so pluck up the courage and make the first move. Just check he hasn’t already got a date (or a girlfriend) first.

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  1. Budget

Between the dress, the car, hair and makeup, prom can be very expensive. Start saving your allowance or wages way ahead of time and be smart with your money. Your biggest expense is likely to be your dress. While you won’t want to skimp on it, there’s no reason to pay full price either. Have a look in the January sales or on eBay and try to bag yourself a bargain. You don’t need a hairdresser to do your hair or a stylist for makeup. Practice with online tutorials and enlist the help of your friends in coming up with the perfect style.

  1. Be Stylish

No one wants to feel like the frumpiest girl at the party. Keep an eye on the latest prom trends and ask your friends for their opinions on your outfit. If you are buying your dress way in advance, choose a classic style that looks great on you. Even if vibrant tones are in, don’t pick a dress in a bold tone. Go for something more neutral and accessorize it with an on-trend clutch or heels. Remember, true style is understated and timeless.

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