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Summer between MS I and II?

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    So I did a search and didn't find any other threads on this topic, but what do most students end up doing in the summer months between MS I and II? Do people work at regular jobs, or do research? Could someone give me some examples of what is usually done?
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      My husband and I started building an addition to the house. By ourselves. With the exception of the roof and the concrete, we have put in every dang nail, cut and raised every board, hauled the rafters up to the second story by pulley system, laid all the electrical wiring, put in the doors, the windows, the walls, the electrical subpanel, and we're now working on insulation and drywall. It's taking a while. But it's a 2 story addition that will double the footprint of our house and give us a master suite (and the kids can have the other bathroom which we're all currently sharing).

      On the downside, we're also broke from spending money on the building materials so far. :(

      I figure it'll be done in time for us to spend one night in it before we leave for residency in two more years. :laugh:

      But as for what is "usually done". Goofing off (well deserved). Work to earn money (smart). Research (one more thing for the CV). TA a class or two (money and CV item).
       

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        My husband and I started building an addition to the house. By ourselves. With the exception of the roof and the concrete, we have put in every dang nail, cut and raised every board, hauled the rafters up to the second story by pulley system, laid all the electrical wiring, put in the doors, the windows, the walls, the electrical subpanel, and we're now working on insulation and drywall. It's taking a while. But it's a 2 story addition that will double the footprint of our house and give us a master suite (and the kids can have the other bathroom which we're all currently sharing).

        On the downside, we're also broke from spending money on the building materials so far. :(

        I figure it'll be done in time for us to spend one night in it before we leave for residency in two more years. :laugh:

        But as for what is "usually done". Goofing off (well deserved). Work to earn money (smart). Research (one more thing for the CV). TA a class or two (money and CV item).

        I loveeeee doing contracting work (as weird as that sounds). My dad bought a house when I was in high school, gutted it, and built the thing from the ground up by himself (with my and a few others help). It's pretty bad sometimes when you're in the heat of the moment doing something annoying, but you learn a ton of super valuable skills and it's funny how I actually enjoyed doing this kind of stuff after going through it once.
         

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          So I did a search and didn't find any other threads on this topic, but what do most students end up doing in the summer months between MS I and II? Do people work at regular jobs, or do research? Could someone give me some examples of what is usually done?
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