Time to Plan Your Summer Vacation!

by Kexin ‘Coco’ Wang, Visual Communications Design MFA student

With warmer weather fast approaching, summer is just around the corner. While preparing for the end of the semester final exams, students must also be thinking about plans for the summer. Would you like to fill your summer with travel? Or you’d like to take some summer courses to get some extra credit? Or maybe use it to gain some internship or job experience? Summer at RIT is 12 weeks long, and I’m here to give you some suggestions on how to make a fun and meaningful summer plan.

If you want to take some classes during the summer, RIT offers a wide range of subjects both on-campus and online, which means you can also go home and take the courses online. Studying abroad during the summer is also an exciting opportunity for some students. I personally think it’s the best time to experience a new country or place with new outlooks, customs and activities. You may check out Summer @ RIT and RIT Global for more information.

And if you are looking forward to working for the summer, the student employment office has some notes for you:

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to work up to 40 hours per week during summer semester if the following criteria are met:

Must be matriculated, and registered full-time status Spring Semester AND at least one of the following:

  • Must be registered for at least 4 credit hours for summer session
  • Are registered for 0 credit hours for summer, but are registered for at least 3 credit hours for fall
  • Are registered for at least 3 credit hours for both summer and fall
  • Are registered for 0 credits for continuation of thesis for summer and/or fall that can be verified via STARS

And if you are doing a co-op program, you must be registered for co-op for summer session. Please check out the student employment office website for more information.

For those of you who are staying in Greater Rochester area, and who happen to be interested in some summer outdoor or indoor activities, here are some suggestions for you:

  • Roseland Water Park – a water park facilitated with a giant wave pool, adventure river, splash factory, tube slides and body slides, located in Canandaigua, NY.
  • Roseland Wake Park – the only Cable Wake Park system in the Northeast, with thrilling water board sports.
  • Corn Hill Arts Festival – a festival that exhibits an array of beautifully handcrafted art and crafts from over 300 artists from across the US and Canada.
  • Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival – a music festival that stages a series of concert performances by outstanding local musicians.
  • The Taste of Rochester – a food festival that is designed to designed to get people and food purveyors together to get to know each other.

In addition, there are also bunch different activities listed on Rochester Events, make sure to check their website and plan ahead of time!

Hopefully, I have given you some idea about your summer vacation, if you still don’t have any plan in your mind. As for me, I will be traveling for a bit at the beginning of the break, and then heading to New York City to work for 10 weeks as a multi-media designer. I am super excited about the traveling and my internship opportunity, and I also hope that you could come up with an awesome plan to make the most of your summer!

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