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Summer has come to end, and if you’re like the majority of college students, you’re probably wishing you had one more month of vacation left — especially if you had an incredible summer internship!

College students who had summer internships this year will discover they were able to transition from college student to professional in just a short three months. If you’re anything like I was when I was in college, you probably feel like your career is so close, yet so far away! This is why, if you had a great summer internship, it can be difficult to switch back to college student mode.

Not only should you bring the skills you learned from your internship back to the classroom, but also you should remember you still have a year or two left before finishing your degree. USA TODAY collegiate correspondent Katey Psencik explained in this article how college students can bring their internship skills back to the classroom. However, in addition to implementing those skills, you also need to transition from the intern life back to study mode.

Remember, you still have a degree to finish up.

Trust me, I understand completely how it can be difficult to go back to the classroom after having a great summer internship. It’s definitely a different experience going from working in an office setting learning professional skills, then having to go back to sitting in a classroom all day. Although you may now feel like you’re ready to take on the world, remember you can’t land a job without that little piece of paper in your hands called your diploma. (I mean, yes, you could find a job without a degree. However, it won’t exactly be the job your education prepared you for.) If you’re entering your junior or senior year of college, keep in mind that you need to take your classes seriously, regardless of how excited you are to begin your career.

Recall your study habits and do what works best for you. 

If “senioritis” is kicking in faster than you expected, you need recall your study habits from the previous school year as soon as possible. It can be hard to be a serious student your senior year, especially when you feel like you have all the experience you need to land your first job. However, make sure you don’t get ahead of yourself by losing focus on your homework and projects. When it’s time to get back to the grind, recall your best study habits and the location where you will be the most productive.

Your professionalism doesn’t end with your internship.

Now that you’ve had the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a professional working in a typical 9-to-5 job setting, it’s time to bring that attitude to the classroom. Your summer internship was a great opportunity for you to learn how to walk the walk, so bring what you learned into the classroom. It’s also very important for you to treat your classes and professors like you would a real job. Make it a goal this year to attend all your classes and show respect to your professors as if they were your boss. You should also stay on top of your deadlines because, in the real world, sometimes extensions aren’t given.

Use your internship experience and new skills to help your peers.

Gaining professional experience and learning new skills can make you an incredible asset in the classroom, as well as the student organizations you’re involved in. If your summer internship made you feel more confident about your skills, bring that attitude back to college this semester. By having this confidence as a college student, you will be able to serve as a role model for your peers and help motivate them to pursue internships, too.

Summer internships can definitely make you want to fast-forward through college to your first job! By following these tips, you will be able to use your professional attitude to be a focused college student and have one of the best years of college yet!

Are you a college student who recently wrapped up a summer internship? What are you doing to transition back into the classroom?


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