For most of us, summer break is the longest break you’ll have from classes. At my school, they encouraged us to take up a summer job, internship, study abroad, or take classes towards our course load in the fall. My first summer, I had a judicial internship where I was actually taught the art of legal research and writing – something I had not really learned during my year long legal writing course. It was a nice to have a mix of work and relaxation. I started my second year mentally ready to tackle my classes, but with no real idea of what classes I had even signed up for, or why, and no clue how to get back into the swing of things.
My second summer led into an even more confused third year because I took the entire summer off. I mean, the whole summer. I finished second year and went right into vacation mode. I nannied two days a week and spent the rest of the time visiting family, traveling overseas, and watching Netflix. It was the best three months of my life, but when I restarted classes, I had no idea what I was in for. Below are the things I wish I had done that would have set me up for an easier transition back to school.