Summer is a great time to catch up on your to-do list. Here are a few key items to include.
Update your voter registration
Whether you’re in Boulder or are home for the summer, here are a few deadlines to keep in mind to vote in the Colorado state primary election this year.
- June 22: Last day to register in time to receive a mail primary election ballot.
- June 22–29: Early voting begins
- June 30: State Primary Election Day
- June 30: Last day to return completed absentee ballot
If you need to update your current address, register overseas or find a polling location, be sure to visit the Go Vote Colorado website for more information.
If you are unsure where you should be registered to vote, check out the city of Boulder’s student voting guidelines for additional help. Get more information on out-of-state voting deadlines and registration.
Complete the census
We are facing unprecedented times, and your response matters now more than ever. Don’t forget to complete the U.S. census for 2020. It takes approximately 10 minutes and is easy to complete. Remember to use your Boulder address if you lived in Boulder for most of 2019. Learn more about Census 2020 at CU Boulder and why it is important to make sure your voice is heard.
Opt out of telemarketing calls and junk mail
If there is one thing that can minimize some stress this summer, it is not having to deal with telemarketing phone calls and junk mail. Here are a few ways you can cut them out of your life forever.
- Opt out of calls for five years. Call toll-free 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit www.optoutprescreen.com.
- Opt out of calls permanently. Go to www.optoutprescreen.com and complete your request. You must return the signed Permanent Opt-Out Election form, which will be provided after you initiate your online request.
- Opt out of mail and email. For a $2 fee you can register to opt out of junk email and mail for 10 years. Go to www.DMAchoice.org to register and follow a step-by-step process to living a junk-mail-free summer.
You can also register your phone number in the federal government's National Do Not Call Registry. This is another free and easy way to reduce telemarketing calls. Visit online or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register.
Review (or make) your budget
One of the great things about the summer is the opportunity to organize your finances. Creating a budget helps you spend less than you earn so that you can save for bigger purchases and be prepared for a financial emergency.
To get started, check out these five steps for making a budget.
Update your LinkedIn profile
Whether you graduated two weeks ago or are looking ahead for job opportunities, the summer is a great time to update your LinkedIn profile.
LinkedIn can be a great resource for networking, job search and making connections. Go through your profile and add any new projects, internships, leadership positions you have taken on this past year. If you have taken online certificate courses or are learning a new language, make sure you display those skills on your profile. For more tips on improving your profile, review this article about how to be seen by recruiters on LinkedIn and join LinkedIn for an interactive experience on how to build your profile.
Connect with your friends and professors to gain more traction and visibility on your profile. The more up to date your profile is, the easier it will be to refer future employers to your site knowing that your experiences are up to date.
Explore careers and build professional skills
Summer is a great time to focus on you and build those professional skills. Whether you just finished your first year at CU or you’re about to start your final year, it’s never too early to start thinking and planning for your future.
Use your summer to work on application materials and practices that will help you stand out in an internship or job search:
- Create a memorable résumé that highlights your skills, abilities and experience.
- Practice writing effective cover letters.
- Update your Handshake profile.
- Prepare answers for commonly asked interview questions.
- Practice answering behavioral interview questions.
- Attend virtual workshops.
- Learn new skills on LinkedIn Learning.
You can also make a virtual appointment with a career development advisor to explore different career paths, practice for interviews and get more tips for your job search.
Remember that summer is a time to relax and have a good time, but taking care of some key items on your to-do list can bring many benefits for the future.