Balancing a Busy Summer

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By Kate Hohenstatt

DePaul University is a school that runs on the quarter system, so students do not start their summer break until the middle of June. Most of my friends who attend other colleges are done with their finals in May. This gives them a nice break before they begin summer classes or an internship. For the past two years I’ve had to study for finals and begin an online community college course all while starting my internship for the summer!

I am a rising junior doubling majoring in public relations and organizational communication with a minor in Spanish. It is daunting to think about what career path I want to take once I graduate, so doing an internship in the summer months are a great way to learn more about my likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses. Throughout the schoolyear and into this summer, I am a marketing intern and volunteer coordinator for the Alumni Sharing Knowledge program at DePaul’s Career Center. Additionally, I’m a marketing and sales intern for a Capsim Management Simulations, a company that creates simulation technology used for the development and assessment of business acumen.

On top of working 40 hours a week, I also have to remember to turn in my online summer homework. I’m taking an introduction to sociology class through the College of Lake County to finish my general education course requirements. I recommend taking an online class if you are living in a new or different location in the summer. Currently, I am living in Chicago so I was not able to commute to the college location in my hometown.

Balancing time between work, school, and a social life can be a little overwhelming. I try to take advantage of the free time I do have and avoid procrastination. Typically, I campout at a Starbucks a couples times a weeks to complete my classwork because I do my best work in an environment where I can really focus.

This summer I also wanted to attempt at having a healthier lifestyle compared to how I lived during the schoolyear. Getting at least seven hours a sleep a night, meal prepping, and having a workout schedule all contribute to my increased concentration and energy I have to balance everything during the week. Chicago is the best city to live in during the summer (I’m not biased) so attending free events, festivals, and just exploring the city are great reminders of how lucky I am to have the chance to go to college and work with great people.

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