When you are in College like I am even though it is only the third week of school you begin to think about what you are going to do during the next summer. For many people plans include doing things like a study abroad or getting an internship.
I personally like the idea of trying a study abroad, but I have never gone past just thinking that it might be kind of neat to try. I have also heard of programs such as semester at sea where over the course of a voyage you take classes, and get to learn about cultures all over the world.
Many students though take the internship route because they believe that by getting an internship they will have something that differentiates them from everyone else who is applying for jobs upon graduation. The problem comes from the fact that there are so many people who are trying to find internships that at times it can be difficult to find the internship that you are looking for.
I was fortunate that I was able to do an internship this summer. Even thoug I didn't get paid much, I did end up net positive and I learned a lot from the experience. I learned that a remarkable eye for detail can matter as I was told that I needed to make sure that I installed the washers on the machinese with the shiny side out.
For college students there are still other options. A popular one is finding a summer job. There are generally lots of jobs that fill up early in the summer as everyone is trying to take advantage of the fact that there are students willing to work for a low hourly wage. These student might disagree that they aren't willing to work there. However, I raise the point that until you quit your job you still are deciding that you job isn't that bad.
Still a fourth option is to take classes. During the summer class can go very quickly as often you can learn an entire semesters worth of material in four weeks. Even though the classes do go by very quickly I have found that being able to focus only on one or two classes at a given moment allows me to learn the material l need without getting distracted by other things.
There are lots of things that can be done during the summer, but my favorite would have to be going swimming with family and friends. Being from Texas a close second would be firing up the grill and having some grilled meat with friends.
Even though summer is still a long ways away it never hurts to begin thinking about what will happen. What you decide now will impact what happens during your summer. You don't have to stay strict to what you wrote down in your preliminary set of goals, but you do now have some sort of guide stating what is expected to happen.