Need some help planning out your summer ? We’ve got you covered.

Believe it or not, we are just about halfway through the spring semester. If you haven’t started to think about what your plans for the summer are yet, SASHP has you covered! The student-led SASHP Peer Mentor Program organizes events throughout the year that they think would benefit the SASHP student community. The SASHP Peer Mentor Program event “School’s Out. Now What?” was held on Friday, February 21 and featured 6 panels led by student leaders with great tips for what to do once May rolls around. While over 30 students made it out, we recognize that many of you did not or could not attend. So, here are some takeaways from 5 of the panels:

Panel A: From the Start: Summer Research

Presenters: Sandra Ashamalla ’20 & Ruchi Singh ’21

Panel Description: At such a large research institution, you may find yourself a little
overwhelmed trying to pinpoint and obtain the best research for you. Not only is research highly recommended if you are going into healthcare or wish to pursue a career in science, but it fosters one on one interactions with faculty and other undergraduates in your field. Learn how to contact professors, enhance your resume, and make the most of your summer research experience right here at Rutgers!


  • Finding research opportunities as a freshman or sophomore isn’t as hard as it may seem. The HPO website lists many research positions that are available off campus and on campus. In addition, if you have a particular field that you are interested in, you can
    always reach out to professors in that field to see if they have any positions available.
  • Be professional and polite. When asking for opportunities via email, always address
    professors with your full name, class year, expected major, and contact information.
  • Upon securing a lab, get a printout of a research for credit form (each life since major has a slightly different form available online). Get the form signed by your PI first, then by your departmental advisor. For each credit, roughly 3-5 hours of research is required per week (ex. 3 credits of research is 9-15 hours of lab work per week; may differ slightly between labs)
  • Taking research for credit is a great way to fulfill your capstone requirement, your
    major’s research requirement (if it applicable) or at the very least to show graduate
    programs and medical school programs that you continuously did research during your
    time as an undergrad.
  • View the panel presentation here:

Panel B: It’s Not Just a Seasonal Job

Presenters: Olivia DiTrolio ’20 & Kishan Patel ‘22

Panel Description: Didn’t get the big internship? Career path doesn’t have internships? Whatever brought you to your seasonal job, you are still learning valuable skills and gaining amazing experiences. Learn how to market those skills and experiences in future job interviews on your resume.


  • Every experience you have is valuable; market your experiences and reflect on what you learned! Don’t underestimate the important things that you do on your job!  Even a seasonal job teaches valuable skills such as customer service, patience, etc, so don’t sell yourself short!
  • Lookup powerful verbs that go with your profession for your resume, ex: facilitate, educate, teach, and prepare for teaching
  • It’s okay that you did not get an amazing internship like your friend did, everyone is different and you will both have a learning experience over the summer!
  • Example from the panel: What does being a Rutgers tour guide have anything to do with my Supply Chain major?  We broke it down: You have to do your research of the product (tour). You have to change the product based on the consumer (a lot of parents asking about Busch vs students asking about housing), understanding demands. 

Panel C: Summer School 101

Presenters: Fiona Chen ‘22 & Kishan Patel ’22
Panel Description: Looking to catch up on classes you couldn’t take during the spring semester? Or maybe you want to get ahead in your major/minor? If either of these are the case, come learn important information about how to plan and register for summer classes, whether it is here at Rutgers or somewhere else!


  • Be sure to check the important deadlines, especially for registration (or else there will be a $125 late fee).
  • Even if you are not sure whether you will be taking a class, it is easier to register now and then drop it later (rather than adding it later and having a class close out or get a late fee.
  • Students who take over 6 summer credits are eligible to apply for a scholarship
  • The scholarship page opens up in March, so be sure to check it then
  • Remember to keep track of registration dates and term bill due dates, the late fee is pricey. Also, talk to your academic advisor about taking classes at an outside college, they know best!

Panel E: Busine$$ Casual On A Budget

Presenter: Khushi Gandhi ‘22

Panel Description: You don’t need to be a business major to be faced with a “business casual” dress code. But rather than sitting in front of your closet, thinking about what business casual even means, you can now find out how you can be both the smartest AND the best dressed person in the room. Learn more about a rather easy dress code, and how to be balling on a budget and get more bang for your buck!


  • Dressing business casual isn’t as daunting as it may seem. The best way to approach this is to think of what you would want to be wearing if you were with a professional (co-workers or your boss) outside of work. 
  • Some key pieces to have in your closet for a business casual outfit include a black blazer (which is quick go-to), ankle length pants (not jeans)/khakis, flats/solid color heels or Chelsea boots, or a nice blouse/dress shirt. 
  • You can find some of these items at H&M, Uniqlo, Banana Republic, New York and Company, and more. 
  • Set a budget for yourself and plan according to that budget. For example, a blazer should not be more than $30-$35 since it will be reused very frequently. For a shirt or blouse on the other hand, you should not spend more than $15. 
  • Create a budget, research, and carefully buy the colors and designs that you like.

Panel F: Transitioning Home

Presenters: Fiona Chen ’22 & Olivia DiTrolio ’20

Panel Description: After a year away at college, going home for the summer may seem like an exciting time to relax in the sun, but going home comes with its challenges. Get advice on how to navigate keeping your new connections from Rutgers alive, seeing old high school friends, and going back to living with your parents. Whether you are moving back home for the summer or commuting next year, learn how to have a great summer back home!


  • Have a talk with your parents about their expectations.  Establish and compromise on rules (curfew, chores, etc.).  Tell your family in advance when you are planning to be out of the house so they know not to expect you to run an errand or something.  Communication is key! 
  • Send your parents your class schedule.
  • Get in contact with high school friends, but know that everyone has had different experiences since graduation. 
  • Make goals for the break. They can be fun or academic!
  • Take a break before your job starts so you are at your best!
  • Finding internships and research are great and all, but don’t let it be the end of the world you don’t get one.  Find a part-time job to occupy your time.
  • Make plans to do something so that you don’t get into the habit of lazing about at home all day.
  • For new commuters: Share your class schedule with your parents or guardians so that they do not need to constantly ask you where you are  
    • Be conscious about the time it takes to prepare and commute to your classes; unless you’re a really early riser, it’s probably best to not sign up for an 8 AM class.
    • If you are one of those people that find it difficult to study at home, you can always go to the library or cafe or even in some abandoned classroom (if you’re close to campus).
    • You know yourself, so plan your class and club schedule accordingly (i.e. if you don’t study at home, plan a gap in your schedule where you have to stay on campus and study).

If you found this information helpful, stop by at upcoming SASHP Peer Mentor events and consider applying to be a ’20-’21 SASHP Peer Mentor!

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