Four reasons to dread summer break

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Remember middle school and the days spent looking forward to summer? Sometimes in college, buried under midterms and projects, it can feel the same way — hopefully looking forward to summer. However, there are tons of reasons to not look forward to summer. Here’s a list of why people should dread the upcoming sunny months.

1. Internships/Research


The plight of many college students over the summer is that summer does not actually mean getting a break. If you want to have a remote shot at getting a job upon graduation, then you probably are participating in some kind of resume-building internship or research project this summer. If you are extra unlucky, then this internship is not even paid! Or if you are one of the lucky ones to be making some money while you are working, it’s just a drop in the bucket against student loan debts.

2. Not having an internship


If you don’t fall into the category above, then you likely are stressing out right now about what you are going to do this summer. You probably really need a job for the money or experience, but time is running out. Hegi had their “just in time” career fair April 12, but if offers from that fall through, then time is really running out.

I mean sure, not having an internship affords you the time to laze around and enjoy, but it also might set you up for having nothing to do after graduation this summer.

3. Study Abroad


Ok I will be honest, there are not really any downsides to studying abroad and it does not really belong on this list. You get to take interesting classes in new and exciting places, fulfilling the American college dream of exploring the world and experiencing new things. No downsides here. Except that you might gain a few kilos with all the French baguettes, British pubs, and Danish danishes.

4. Seniors, you have the real world


Those who really get the worst of things this summer are all those who are graduating. Gone are the days of only “working” three to four days a week by going to class, it’s out to a regular 9-5 for most of the graduating class — that in itself is enough to make the first couple points on this list seem insignificant.

But I am sure that SMU has well-prepared the graduating class (see: point on internships above), and perhaps the real world will not be as bad as it is cracked up to be. But then again, who does not love being in college and getting to complain about things as trivial as “my summer break is too hard.”

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