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Making The Most Of Summer Opportunities

Some ystudents dream about the end of the semester, when they’ll get a break from classes and the daily grind. Yet, summer isn’t a time to merely lounge around the pool and hang out with friends. Instead, it can be a great time for students to catch up or get ahead.

Summer classes

Itaking a summer class allows students to get ahead for the next semester. Some students find it helpful to take a class that they expect to be difficult, so they can focus more time and attention on it.

An internship or job

Summer provides an ideal time to get a job. Even better is getting a job that counts as an internship, for which the student may get credit for her work experience. For instance, if she is an engineering major, she can intern at a local manufacturing plant and help design new equipment. If she is an elementary education major, she could work at a daycare center or summer camp. Internships provide a great way to apply what she’s learned in the classroom while gaining practical experience.

Internships also offer a window into what a career really entails, which may help a student decide whether to continue with a particular major or minor. Most internships are done during the junior or senior year, but sophomores may still apply. Some internships are paid, while others just offer experience.

On-campus student employment

If a student is staying on campus to take summer classes, have him look into campus employment opportunities. Many offices are still open during the summer break and need student workers. Summer is a busy time for conferences and visitors, so having a student who knows his way around can be a plus for offices such as admissions.


For the civic-minded student, summer can be a great time to volunteer. As a young adult, student also enjoy finding ways to tie volunteer experiences with the opportunity to travel. Opportunities are available locally, nationally and internationally.

Test taking

For students who will be going on to graduate, law or medical school, the summer is perfect for taking entrance tests, such as the LSAT or GRE. For first-year and second-year students, summer allows time to take a preparatory course.

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Family Weekend

October 5-7, 2012

Mark your calendars now for the annual JMU Family Weekend. Remember, hotels and motels fill up quickly, so make your reservations early! Visit the accommodations Web site at accommodations.shtml for a comprehensive listing of hotels/motels in the local area.

Football tickets for this event are on sale now. For more information, contact the JMU Athletics Ticket office by phone (540) 568- 3853 or online at

For additional Family Weekend information, visit the Web site at www.jmu. edu/parents/Family_Weekend.Shtml.