China University Media Union surveyed 646 college students in the country and found that about 91 percent of the respondents will intern, study, do volunteer work, or participate in social practice over the summer break. About half will spend less than 10 days for rest, China Youth Daily reported on July 17.
The survey found that about 34 percent of the students will intern or start their own business, nearly 27 percent will prepare for further study or participate in training courses, about 19 percent will volunteer work or engage in social practice, and about four percent plan to travel.
A girl under the pseudonym of Wang Xiaojing, a student who interns in an advertising company thinks the experience she is getting is more important than entertainment.
Guo Xiyu, a junior majoring in landscape design at Hainan University is learning to hand paint at a summer camp. He has to attend more than 12 hours of design courses and complete 12 drawings every day. He sleeps for less than five hours a day. According to Guo, the summer break is the best time for self-improvement and the fast pace gives him an unprecedented sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
The survey also found that about 29 percent of the respondents will stay in the same city where their universities are located, close to 40 percent will go back to their hometowns, and about 28 percent will spend their time off in a different city.
Wu Yuting, a sophomore at Nankai University, works as a volunteer performer for the opening ceremony of the 13th National Games in Tianjin. She has had to train every day for seven hours a day. In her spare time, she studies software to prepare for an internship next summer. "To be a volunteer for the National Games is a great experience, it is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity," she said. The games will open on August 27. Wu will go back to hometown in Anhui province for ten days after the opening ceremony.
About 68 percent of the respondents hold the view that college students should conduct internships, about 63 percent believe that they should study more and enrich themselves, and about 74.15 percent consider social practice of great importance to broaden their horizons.