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3 Things Athletes Should Do To Have The Best Summer Ever

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Construction season, Tattoos season, Sweet Love season, Freedom season. Whatever you want to call it, it is what it is. SUMMER!

Yes, that's right, it is beach body exposing time, lemonade drinking time, and of course, lathering up in tanning oil or sunscreen, whatever your preference. What else does summer mean to you? No school? Less practice time? Traveling? Sleeping in more?

For some of you, I must say, congratulations! Or really, congradulations! You have not only completed at least one year of athletics in college or high school, but you have also graduated as a prestigious individual. Not everyone can make it through school and athletics at the same time. Through your involvement in athletics you have inherently acquired leadership skills, communication skills, and the ability to work within a team atmosphere. You were once recruitable, and guess what, you are recruitable again!

In this post, whether you are a student-athlete graduate of college or high school, or maybe you are still a student-athlete, I will do my best to explain the best way to get ready for the best summer you've ever had and reach your dreams.

First, get out of your comfort zone. I know Netflix and pizza in your messy room sounds awesome, but what about doing things for the greater good and having just as much fun. Yes, it is possible.

  • Go for a walk and make eye contact with and smile at 10 people
     
  • Go for a nice run and notice five things about your town that you have never noticed before
     
  • Take a homeless person to lunch (I know you saved some of your per diem money) and hear their story
     
  • Volunteer somewhere you never thought you would. Maybe a library, church, environmental sustainability organization, or the local soup kitchen

Second, don’t let your brain get mushy. If I heard you right, you just dug your nose in dusty books you haven’t read all semester in order to pull off that B on the test for an A in the class, and now you want to let it all go?! No no. There is more to summer than that. READ! It doesn’t have to be Charles Dickens or Ernest Hemingway, but read something. It could even be comics! Learn some words and let your body relax. Try 10 minutes a day, and you will finish at least one book this summer. What about gaining some athletic tips and tricks about your sport to PR by one second next season? Read a sport themed book, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Do you want to be next year’s team captain? Maybe read a few books about leadership (I’ll recommend some at the end of this post).

Third, make a kicka$$ resume.  Be ready for an awesome school (or retired) year by boosting your successes on a white 8 ½" by 11" open canvas. If you don’t have one started, that is a-ok. If you have one and need help, then you are reading the right article. Resumes can not only help you get into cool programs and awesome jobs, but there are even scholarships out there that praise you for your awesome resume! Want $1,000 dollars? Make an awesome resume and search the web, #freerent. Here are some tips:

  • Type out your full name (including the middle initial of your middle name), address, phone number, and email centered at the top of your page, bolded and larger than the other text (get examples here).
     
  • Have a few main sections that are bolded and underlined such as education, extracurriculars, leadership opportunities, work opportunities, service contributes, and other. Include certifications you have acquired like first aid training and CPR (some jobs require this).
     
  • If you want more details, feel free to contact me! I’d be more than happy to help (or go here and log in for Athlete Network's Career Resource Center).

This is all for now athletes, stay tuned for round two.

If you're looking for a good read on leadership, here are my 3 recommendations. Let me know what you think!