‘Summer Projects’ Posts

Create a Summer To-Do List

With the summer comes lots of time for you to get all of your ducks in a row. If you’re taking classes or working 40+ hours a week, you won’t have a ton of time on your hands. If you aren’t doing either of those, you’ll most likely have a lot of time to fill. ...

Going to Europe This Summer? Take a Game of Thrones Tour

If you’re heading to Europe for the summer, you’ll probably stop off at typical tourist destinations, such as London, Paris, and Rome; but if you’re a fan of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, tours that will take you to the real locations behind the fantasy are launching. The tours will begin May 24 in ...

Stop a Sting from Hurting with Tobacco

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(Video contains some cursing--NSFW.)

Summer is great in that it allows you to be outside. It's less so in that, while you're outside, so are stinging things--like the yellow jacket which came after my friend Cat in the video. However, as she shows you in the video, a moistened cigarette rubbed on a sting can help stop it from hurting and help swelling go down.

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Create a Summer Bucket List to Bust Boredom

an class="full-image-block ssNonEditable">Bucket lists: more fun than an actual bucket. Image courtesy of Flickr user marco. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND.

For most of us, finals have finished or are about to, and summer is starting. For those of us with interesting internships or study abroad opportunities, this is exciting. However, for those of us (me) who are living at home and attending summer school, summer is looking like it might be a little--dare I say it--boring.

However, it doesn't have to be. Part of the reason summers at home can be kind of dull is that there isn't a whole lot of scheduled activity to occupy your time like there is during the school year with homework and classes. To add insult to injury, your high school friends may not be returning to town, isolating you with your family. As much as you may love your family, everyone involved in the situation gets really tired, really quickly when you feel confined and bored.

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Dip Your Toes Into Investing This Summer

an class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable">Despite this picture, the economy is starting to look bullish. Photo courtesy of Flickr user LonePlacebo and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0With the economy starting to recover, now is a perfect time to start learning about investing, and that free time you have over the summer is a great opportunity to get started.  

First you will need to open Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRP).  You probably see ads for lots of these on TV (E*Trade, TD Ameritrade, etc).  Personally I'd go with Sharebuilder because it doesn't require a minimum deposit to get started (these can run upwards of $500, ouch!).  

Now the safest place to invest your hard-earned summer internship money would be in a mutual fund, US Treasury bond or something equally boring, and I'm not telling you not to (technically I already have a 401k, though I didn't set it up myself).  That said, this is a summer project, and it should be fun.  

Tips for a fun Summer of penny trading after the break.

Summer Project: Start a Blog

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Whew. It's finals week. And I just finished my last paper ever. Well, until I consider grad school that is. And now it's time to start thinking of the summer. Sure, you've got that internship. Or maybe you're in the boat of those graduating. Either way, you'll probably have some downtime this summer. The summer project I'll be writing about today is starting a blog.

Why start a blog? Why not? You've got nothing to lose except a few bucks paying for hosting and a domain name. We've been advocating that every student needs a blog, and it's great to see a bunch of students jumping on board.

Let's get you some recognition, after the jump.