So the time has finally come. Exam stress (and Triple-O’s bacon cheese burgers) is a distant memory, and your days are now filled with suntanning at the beach, or working to make enough money for next year’s textbooks.

Whatever you are doing, it is a good idea to keep your mind sharp so that you can come back to school in the fall feeling ready for the year ahead. Here are a few ways to make the most of your summer away from Sauder:

Staff Writer: Coleman Pete


Don’t Stop Networking

Now that you’ve spent your school year networking with individuals who have your dream job (and hopefully taking some out for coffee), it’s definitely not for a networking hiatus. Take some time this summer to meet new people in your industries of interest, no matter where you are in the world. It’s a great way to expand your network and stay connected with the business world.


Read Books

It’s safe to say that business school can take the fun out of reading. After all,

who has time to curl up with a novel when you already have several chapters of assigned readings to read by yesterday? Summer is a time to open your mind to new topics, and indulge in the books that have reached biblical status in the business world. It may not make you a better student or businessperson, but it may make you look smarter on the Skytrain.

Here are some of my favorites:

The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg

Start with Why, by Simon Sinek

Good to Great, by Jim Collins

Check out The Cavalier Reads series for even more great picks!


Discover the Blogs of Thought Leaders

Don’t want to read an entire book? Don’t feel bad – it is quite a commitment, and your me-time may be better spent binge-watching Game of Thrones. Follow industries and thought leaders on social media to read bite-sized blog posts that will keep you informed about current business trends. Save some of these blogs on your “favorites” toolbar on Facebook (right beside your News Feed) so you never forget to check them.


Learn Something New

Do you spend the school year wishing you had that one elusive skill to add to your resume? Some of the most sought-after proficiencies for undergraduates are learned outside of the classroom. Summer is the perfect time to explore your interests and learn at your own speed. Whether you are learning to program, design, or value stocks, the Internet provides many opportunities to do so by yourself.