You’ve handed in your last paper and graded your students’ final exams. With Spring semester behind you, you’re ready for summer. Three long months stretch ahead of you, full of promise. Take our advice and make your summer as productive as possible.
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Do Something Fun If you can take off a few days, do it! By scheduling some sort of break, the transition into summer will be easier; you'll feel more rested and ready to work hard. Photo by WickedVT / flickr
Keep Looking for Funding Opportunities Subscribe to listservs and check databases. Keep a spreadsheet that tracks the name, deadline, and other important information will help them stay organized.... Photo by Duke Yearlook / flickr
...Take action now so you know about upcoming opportunities at least a year in advance. You'll have time to develop a better proposal, which increases your chances for funding. Photo by Aussiegall / flickr
Continue Reading! Ask your committee members for suggestions on what to read to prepare for your comprehensive exams. Read to see where your research can make a contribution to the field. Don't forget to take notes and keep track of citations. Photo by Wonderlane / flickr
Teach If you're a teaching assistant, use the summer to prepare by writing your syllabus, reading the course materials, and planning classroom activities for the coming year. If you're not a teaching assistant, speak with your advisor about the possibility of teaching a summer class to gain teaching experience. Photo by Robert S. Donovan / flickr
Explore Careers Find an internship with a non-profit. Volunteer. Conduct informational interviews with professionals in fields that interest you. Photo by Calsidyrose / flickr
Document What You've Done Document your teaching effort by adding materials to your teaching portfolio, summarize student evaluations, file examples of student work. Update your CV or resume with your activities and achievements from the last year. Photo by aperture_lag / flickr