Congrats! You’ve been accepted to an MBA Program for the fall. Woohoo! Once you’ve finished celebrating this amazing accomplishment – and it is amazing – it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming summer. Yes, one last summer to enjoy life before it takes on the pace of the high speed car chase in Casino Royale. What are you going to do with these precious two or three months before you start business school?
Assuming you’ve left your job and have a few months off, here are 8 ways to make the most of this last summer.
1. Sharpen your skills.
Perhaps you graduated from college six years ago. Maybe you haven’t taken a class since senior year. It would be wise to fine tune your academic skills, especially those where your skills may fall short. Don’t stress though! Your b-school already demonstrated their faith in your abilities by accepting you into their program. It isn’t time to second guess your decision or theirs. That said, if you come from a liberal arts background, you might benefit from enhancing your math skills a bit or taking an online accounting class. Or, if your GMAT verbal score wasn’t as high as your quant score, consider taking an English class.
2. Update your resumé and your LinkedIn profile.
Once school starts, you won’t have as much time to do things like updating your resumé . When you’re in b-school, you’ll likely make lots of connections. Make sure your resumé and LinkedIn profile up to date. That way, when you meet a new business associate at a Friday night bowling event, you can quickly and easily connect with him or her. You shouldn’t spend precious time updating your profile before reaching out.
3. Connect and Reconnect.
Summer is the perfect time to connect with your friends from the past as well as former business associates. Not only is it fun to reconnect with friends and colleagues, it also can’t hurt to start networking now. If you have a good idea of what area of business you wish to concentrate on once your MBA is in hand, having a vast array of friends and colleagues will be a tremendous asset.
4. Make those appointments you’ve been putting off.
Haven’t been to the dentist in over a year? Now’s the time to get that cleaning you’ve been postponing. Doctors’ appointments are more difficult to make and keep once b-school kicks into full gear. Need a physical? Go now so you won’t have to during the academic year. Your near-future self will be relieved that these things are out of the way.
Likely, you’ve just completed a few years of full-time employment. You already know how difficult it is to take time off for travel. It’s rare to have a few months of unscheduled time to do whatever you want. Take advantage of this! While you also have to consider your wallet, especially with an expensive two years ahead, if you can afford to travel, you should. Even if your budget isn’t as high as you would like, be creative! Do you have a college friend living in Brussels who wouldn’t mind a week-long visit, or even a month-long visit? Perhaps you can volunteer overseas in which case some costs will be covered. Is business school on the opposite coast? Take a month and drive cross country making your way through Yellowstone, the Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon.
Take the extra time this summer to read Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. Not only will you stay on top of current business news, but you’ll also feel more at ease discussing these topics in the classroom come fall. Once the school year begins, you’re going to be inundated with everything from the latest business trends to terrific business opportunities. You won’t have as much time to kick back with the latest business publications.
7. Read some more.
This may be the last time in the foreseeable future you can choose what you read. Leisure reading in the summer on the beach is a luxury. What could be more rejuvenating for the soul? Read whatever you like, from the latest Liane Moriarty bestseller to Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?
Rest. Enjoy life. This can’t be overstated. You’re probably used to the fast pace of a full-time professional and you’re about to take on the hectic pace of an MBA student. Take some time to do whatever you need to recharge. Hike. Hang out at the pool. Binge watch the latest season of Scandal or Better Call Saul. When pondering summer plans, remember there’s no right or wrong path. You just don’t want to look back on the summer with the sentiment “I should have….” Start business school with no regrets!