Optimizing Your Summer (College Edition)
When you’re a college student, summers can be a time to relax, adventure, and be with friends and family. On the other hand, summers can also be used as opportunities for hard work and saving up some cash. No matter how you choose to spend your summer, here are a few solid tips to make it the best one yet!
- Apply for a summer job/internship early in the summer
Some great job-hunting sites you may consider using, as you search for the perfect internship or job are Indeed, LinkedIn and ZipRecruiter—all of which have a mobile app as well. Before you start applying, make sure you have an updated and polished résumé as well as a neat and organized website showcasing projects you’ve done in the past. Wix and WordPress are great website building tools.
2. The sooner you buy those plane tickets, the cheaper they’ll be
If you’re planning on going on a trip this summer, it’s best to choose the destination and buy tickets as soon as possible. Once the tickets are purchased, you can start to plan the details of your trip (lodging, activities, etc.). Buying plane tickets as early in advance as possible is always a good idea, because the closer you get to the date of departure, the higher the price of the tickets will be. Also, be sure to conduct a thorough search of different airline sites to compare prices.
3. Know what goes on in the hotel world
Even if you aren’t planning a trip anytime soon, staying up to date with hotel deals is always a good practice—why? Many prominent businesses in the travel industry host flash sales throughout the year. These offer up a perfect opportunity to score discounted hotel rooms. Websites such as Expedia, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and Andrew Harper Travel all have periodic flash sales—all of which, on average, offer up to 35% off usual prices. Download one or each of these company’s apps and sign up for their newsletters! Do keep in mind that if you plan to take advantage of one of these sales, call the hotel you intend to book with beforehand and confirm that the deal is still valid.
4. Make sure your belongings are stored somewhere safe, clean and secure
If you’re moving out of a dorm or apartment for the summer, you’ll want to store your furniture and other belongings in a facility that you can trust. Door To Dorm is a storage, shipping, and refrigerator rental company with affordable pricing and outstanding customer service. We serve over twenty universities in the northeast and provide students with the services they need. Here’s how it works: you pick your box sizes and we send them straight to your dorm or dorm hall along with all the necessary packing materials. Once you’re packed, Door To Dorm picks up your boxes and stores them in a centrally-located storage facility in New York. If you’re lucky enough to be graduating this semester, Door To Dorm will also ship your packed belongings to wherever you are going next!
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