Summer is finally here and with that college students find themselves with a lot of free time to invest in anything they want. On average, you will get three summer vacations as a college student and while you’re encouraged to enjoy your free time and have fun, many people consider it’s important to work towards your professional and career goals. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, here are five activities you should consider during the break.

Four Broward College students at the beachFind a summer job

Many successful professionals agree that the best activity you can invest your time in during the summer is to find a job. It’s up to you what type of job you decide to pursue according to the stage you’re at in your life. If you are a freshman just looking for a job to earn some money, then go for it. But, if you are a junior or a senior with a career path set, then you’re encouraged to look for a job that will help you achieve the  goals you have set. Broward College students receive exclusive access to job opportunities and internships, as well as resume reviews and interview practice and more. Visit Career Services to get started.

Travel and explore the world

Traveling has proven to be the best way to expand your knowledge about different cultures, races, ethnicities, and religions. If you want to see the reality of other places, the only way is to go see it for yourself. At Broward College you have the opportunity to study abroad in places such as Perú, Spain, and many others, even during the summer time. You may even qualify for one of the several scholarships offered. To learn more about the different opportunities of study abroad at the College visit their website

Study a new language

While you won’t learn a new language in just one summer, what better time to get started than when you have plenty of time to dedicate to it? Thanks to globalization, companies and all businesses consider being multilingual a big plus when it’s time to hire. Regardless of the career path you want to go on, knowing multiple languages can open your mind and increase your understanding of other cultures. Broward College offers courses to learn languages like French, Spanish, Italian, and more. To learn about these courses, visit Broward College also offers foreign language courses through the Lingua School, which includes Portuguese and Chinese in their catalog. To learn more about Lingua and their opportunities, visit

Volunteer for a good cause

Giving back to your community is a great feeling. During your summer vacation, you can consider volunteering at an organization with a cause you feel passionate about. If you are passionate about the environment, you could volunteer doing beach cleanups or planting trees. Or, maybe consider offering support to a homeless shelter or a pet adoption center. Volunteering is a great opportunity to give back to the people that need it the most. Additionally, volunteering is a great way to build your resume and can even qualify you for a wide variety of scholarships.  Broward College students can find volunteer opportunities through student life. Click here to learn more about volunteering opportunities at Broward College.

Start your own business

If you’ve always had an idea for a product that would make people’s lives easier, or have a hobby that would work great as a side business, starting your own business is a great experience. You can enhance skills such as time management, teamwork, leadership, and much more. Even if your company fails, knowing that you are ambitious and a go-getter is a big plus when interviewing for jobs. Do you have an idea for a great business? Learn about entrepreneurship opportunities through our Innovation Hub.

Regardless of what you decide to do this summer, remember to take time for yourself and celebrate your accomplishments thus far.