What TO DO as a college student during SUMMER BREAK

During the summer, students are left with all kinds of time to pursue any activities that they wish. College students try to make the most out of their summer experiences because most know it is only a matter of time before they are forced into the real world, where there are no summer breaks. With a sense of excitement running high, it is also important to take care of any business regarding the future. Today I will go over ways students can stay busy, while also getting ahead on their future!  

Tip 1: Get organized!

College students are living in hectic times, and in hectic times things get messy and lost. Do not be one of those college students where all your documents are scattered across multiple PCs and storage devices. It is good to start organizing your portfolio of what you have done so far, so that way there is less stress when it comes time for you to go back to it. When you are a senior and you are busy trying to find a job, graduate, and build your resume, the last thing you want to worry about is organizing all the work you have done.

This doesn’t have to be limited to just portfolio or resume stuff either. You can do this for notes, supplies and tools you used, and books. Being organized is likely to make you more prepared, and being prepared is half the battle when trying to advance in your career.

Tip 2: Check out job boards

Checking out job boards is something that is really easy to do, and does not require much effort to do so. You wouldn’t technically be doing this to find a job, but rather to see what businesses want in an applicant. If you can find what people want in an applicant, and start implementing it in college, you will make yourself an optimal candidate for whatever jobs you apply for. This is also good because it gives you valuable information on the current status of your future job field. You will be able to see the qualifications, but also what the average salary is like in your field. This is extremely valuable, as for some the financial gain is what draws them to some fields over others. Regardless, it gives you an idea of how much money you could potentially make.

Tip 3: Enhance skills you already have or are learning

This tip relates to skills you have learned in your major(s). In your time at college, you will learn a lot. Learning all this information won’t matter though if you do not apply it into the real world and practice. Whatever your major is, find opportunities to practice what you have learned. Best ways to do this are through internships within your field. This will give you hands on training of stuff you are more than likely to do once you get there. For underclassmen, it might be harder but there are still some ways to enhance your knowledge. Do more research on your field, and watch videos. You can also try shadowing people who work in your profession; to get an idea of what a day in the life of that profession is like. Whatever it may be, just keep on trying to find ways to develop and grow your skills. Your competition is out there and they are practicing, so what are you doing?

Tip 4: Broaden your horizons

The best part of summer break is all the free time you get to do whatever you want. Use this time wisely, and learn something new that might be beneficial to you down the line. This could be something like a graphic design student learning the Adobe design apps, to get more proficient in their field. Or it could be a business student learning a new language, like Spanish or Mandarin. These are both skills that would be extremely valuable to the individual in growing in their field of interest. It doesn’t have to strictly be related to your field either. You could do something like volunteer work as well. Volunteer work is always great because it has a direct Impact on who you are working with/helping. Volunteer work is also nice because it stands out when you apply for jobs and or apply for master’s schools. It is good to be an applicant that is active, and gives back to their community. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it is interesting, relevant, and exciting for you. Never stop experiencing new things!

Summer break is a great time for all students. For college students, it is smart to use the excess time to get ahead and make serious advancements in your development. I know how tempting it can be to want to hang out with friends all day, or play video games, but just make sure to not forget about business. You deserve to have fun and let loose, but there is a time and place for that. Make the sacrifice and put the work in now, so that way it is easier for you later on!

Written by: Cosme Lozano

The State of the Center – Summer 2021

It’s a Thursday afternoon and it’s finally starting to warm up. You sit there thinking about all the things you can do, such as hanging out with your friends, playing videogames, or going on a weekend long Netflix binge. The possibilities are endless. What if I completely shook up your world, and gave you some secret information? Something that not a lot of people know. Are you sure you want to know?

 Ok, ok, fine. I’ll tell ya…



We offer a variety of services such as:

  • Resume and cover letter assistance and development
  • Interview preparation
  • Career assessments & interest inventories
  • Career counseling
  • Job search updates and assistance
  • Internship information and assistance
  • On campus recruiting events (when in season)

The 2020-21 school year was a great year for us at the center. We want to keep the same momentum while continuing to help out all USF students and alumni throughout the summer months. Parts of the university may be closed, but we aren’t!

General office hours Monday-Friday: 8 AM – 4 PM

If you would like to set up an appointment, please get in contact with Career Success Center Director, Maribeth Hearn. You can reach her at her email: MHearn@stfrancis.edu OR you can leave a message at (815) 740-3384.

If Maribeth is unavailable, you can contact our Employment & Internship Support Specialist, Betty Kohl. You can reach her at her email: bkohl@stfrancis.edu OR you can leave a message at (815) 740-4295

The USF Career Success Center: Your one stop shop for all career related things!

Proudly serving the USF community YEAR-ROUND!

A message on the end of the school year

Like everything does, the 2020-21 school year has come to a close. This has been a year that I am sure no one will forget. All year long, students and faculty alike battled the constant threat of Covid-19. At first it appeared that having classes face to face wouldn’t be the greatest idea. Thanks to everyone’s commitment to stopping the pandemic, we were able to have as much normalcy possible all while going through a global pandemic. For everyone who attends the University of St. Francis, and for all the other students and teachers out there; job well done.

This school year delivered more than Covid. For me, it was a year of firsts. As a student, I really dived more into my major and I am glad I did. I had the opportunity to work on a lot of cool projects, and step into new leadership positions. All of that work really helped expand my knowledge and I look forward to what’s left for my senior year next year. I also feel this year provided me, as well as countless others, the opportunity to reflect and make meaningful improvements to ourselves. Even though sitting through quarantine was unenjoyable at times, there was still some good that came out of it.

As we look forward to next year, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to keep writing these blogs. In the meantime, get some rest. You earned it. From everyone here at the Career Success Center at USF, we wish everyone a wonderful summer! We hope to see everyone recharged and ready to go come this August! Until then, you can stay up to date with us by checking out our new blogs all summer long!

This is Cosme Lozano signing off on another great school year!