The top five things to do when you’re not in your online class

Internships are a great way to spend your free time.

One of the great benefits of going to an online high school is having a flexible schedule. Online students are able to work at their own pace and complete their classes at a time that best fits their needs. Since students can chose when they want to work on their classes, they can have time for other various extracurricular activities. If you’re an online student and are looking for ideas on things you can do on your free time, here are some suggestions.

Become a volunteer. Look for local organizations that may need some help from volunteers. It can be anything from hospitals to homeless shelters. Donating your time to others is a great way to give back to your community and develop important skills for the workplace. Having a few volunteer hours on your college application would be beneficial as well when you apply to college or university.

Get a job. There are several reasons why a getting a job can be a great use of your free time. By no means do you have to work and go to school full-time. Even having a small part-time job for a few hours a week can be of great benefit. Along with putting a little extra cash in your pocket (which is never a bad thing), having a job will give you valuable experience and insight into the workplace. The lessons and training you learn at work will also pay dividends as you continue your post-secondary education and career goals. Here are some great resources from FastWeb to help you with your job search.

Apply for an internship. Having an internship is one of the most important ways you can gain experience and start to make contacts within your field of interest. While college students hold most of the available internships, more opportunities are now available for high school students looking to get valuable work experience. To learn more about how you can get an internship, check out this article on FastWeb.

Join a club. Being a part of a club, organization or extracurricular activity is a great way to meet new people and share common interests. Creating a network of friends, co-workers and colleagues is an excellent way to get a head start on your career goals while still in high school.

Develop your talent. If you have a talent or hobby that you would like to pursue as a career, try and devote as much time to it as you can. For example, if you enjoy writing, spend some time reading books of various genres and even do a little blogging when you have some extra time. If you enjoy learning about history, read any books or magazines and watch history-themed programs to learn more about different eras. The more you practice your talent and research your hobby; the better prepared and informed you’ll be.

And there you have it, because of the flexible scheduling of online high schools; you now have the ability to have some extra free-time on your hands. But if you choose to spend your time using one of these options, it will definitely be time well spent.

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~ by pinnaclepov2224 on February 11, 2010.

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