Summer Ideas for Things to Do

As summer is winding down, The Chronicle ran a late but helpful article full of suggestions on things to do over the summer.  The article, “Hey, Young Scholars: Here’s a Personal-Development Plan For the Summer,” is aimed at young faculty members but there’s nothing in it that’s a terrible idea for college students or academic advisors either.  Maybe starting to twitter, writing guest posts on blogs or starting a new business are not the first recommendations that I would make, but taking an on-line course, starting a community group, working on a g+ account or a Linked-In account (personal web pages of kind) are all reasonable and worthwhile things for students – and others – to do over the summer.  (For college students, I would like to encourage more reading, maybe some travel, and some job or career exploration, but that’s a matter for another post.)