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By Dawn Linnemoller
While you likely will have lots of studying to do over Reading Week, you can also take advantage of this time to get prepared for the months to come. An added bonus to doing some spring and summer planning now – you won’t have to do it during finals!
First off, start looking for your spring and summer job.
If you don’t have a part-time job that will turn into full-time for the spring and summer, you’ll most likely need to start hunting for full time employment to be able to afford all those textbooks next semester. If you will be returning to classes in the fall, you might be eligible for jobs that receive federal funding to hire students between the ages of 16-30.
If you already have a part-time job that you want to keep, consider volunteering during the spring and summer. The Serving Communities Internship Program can help connect you with volunteer opportunities which can give you great experience for your post-graduation resume. Plus, the program offers $1,000 bursaries which can help out if you complete the required volunteer hours. http://www.samru.ca/governance/advocacy/scip/
Next, fill out some scholarship applications.
You already know about the scholarships, bursaries and awards offered by Mount Royal, (if you don’t, visit http://www.mtroyal.ca/Admission/MoneyMatters/ScholarshipsBursaries/index.htm right away!) and the March 1st deadline for most applications, but did you know that SAMRU offers awards as well? The awards can be found here: http://www.samru.ca/studentopportunities/awardsbursaries/ and the deadline is February 28th, 2013. When short essays are required, having that extra time over Reading Week is great timing.
Take a trip, rent some movies, or have an at-home spa day. Just don’t forget to get some reading done too!