You know those tasks that pile up during the school year that you just don’t have the time to complete? Little things like tweaking your résumé or backing up your computer are easy to push aside when you have more important things to focus on, like papers and projects. Well, now that it’s summertime, you might find yourself with more free time to check off some tasks that will make your life more organized, just in time for the start of the new semester.
✔︎ Update your résumé
A current résumé is important for college students to have on hand at all times. You never know when an opportunity for a job might pop up, and you definitely want to have one ready for the UNH Career and Internship Fair this fall. Don’t know where to start? The UNH Career Center has great online resources including résumé samples, lists of suggested wording, tips on writing and structure and more. Also, the Career Center is open during the summer, so if you’re located nearby or are living on campus, you can schedule an appointment.
✔︎ Create or update your LinkedIn profile
Another way you can prepare for professional opportunities is to have a LinkedIn profile. Update your college details, job experience, volunteer projects, etc. Don’t forget to join the official University of New Hampshire networking group and follow along on the UNH page. Now that you’ve taken care of your résumé and LinkedIn, log on to Wildcat Careers and check out the job and work study offerings.
✔︎ Sort through your email inbox
Now’s the time to delete all that junk mail that accumulated in your inbox throughout the semester. Go through your email inbox, delete any unneeded emails and unsubscribe from unnecessary mailing lists. You’ll love starting the semester with a clean slate! An organized inbox will also ensure that you don’t miss any important emails from professors in the coming semester.
✔︎ Organize and back up your devices
Take a few minutes to upload photos from your phone to your computer, delete unused apps and update your software. On your computer, back up your files, organize your documents and photos and download the latest version of your operating system. If you need to upgrade your computer, you’ll find the best deals at the UNH Computer Store, and you can order online through them, too. Once you’re done organizing, check out this technology checklist from UNH Information Technology to make sure your devices are all set up for the semester.
✔︎ Clean out your notebooks and binders
You know all those notebooks and folders from last semester that you put in the corner of your closet as soon as you got home for the summer? You should really clean them out! Go through your papers and recycle any you don’t need. Save the folders that are in good shape to reuse next year.
✔︎ Wash your dorm bedding
Make sure to run your dorm comforter, sheets, mattress covers, etc., through the washer so they’ll be fresh and germ-free for fall semester.
✔︎ Clean your dorm appliances
In fact, anything that was in your dorm room all year could probably use a good cleaning. Dust off your television; sponge down your mini fridge; give your rug a thorough vacuum. You’ll be glad to bring back clean appliances next year.
✔︎ Donate your unworn clothes or unused items
Have old clothes you never wore or items you bought for school that you ended up not using? Donate them to your local secondhand shop or charitable store. Decluttering is always good, and you’ll know the items will be used by someone who needs them.