It’s finally summer! For most college students, we’re starting our summer break, and high school students will be starting soon. Summer usually starts as a much-needed break, and turns into several days wearing the same outfit, Netflix’s “Still watching?” notifications, and an effective erasure of everything you learned during the school year. To prevent another lazy, mind-numbing summer, I’ve put together a few ways to make the most of the summer.
First, take a class. If you’re in college, you’re likely required to take a few summer classes at some point. Summer classes can actually be nicer than spring and fall. Because the courses are condensed, they’re over with faster, and sometimes big projects are nixed altogether in the interest of time. You can also take classes via the Khan Academy if you’re looking for something more casual, but still want to learn.
Also, do some summer cleaning! I don’t know about you, but spring is not my favorite time to clean, because I usually just don’t have the time. In the summer, however, it’s a lot easier to take a day or two to get some cleaning done. In addition to just tidying up, you can also reorganize, rearrange, and purge your living space. Personally, I like to go through my clothes and give away items I know I won’t wear again.
Another way to spend the summer is learning a new skill or improving upon one you already have. Learn a new language, learn a sport, or start working on those skills you want to improve upon for the next school year. If you had a hard time writing essays this year, spend your free few months honing in on those skills.
You could also spend the summer perfecting a new exercise routine. Exercising is challenging during the school year because you’re trying to juggle classes, student organizations, work, and other commitments that make finding time to go to the gym futile. If you get into a good routine during the summer, you might find yourself wanting to keep up with that routine in the fall as you become busy, and it could even become the nostalgic escape you crave in your busiest weeks.
Working and volunteering are really great ways to get all sorts of things accomplished during the summer. Whether you need to meet a volunteer requirement or need money from a job, this is a great way to keep yourself functioning in the summer months. You could spend your time networking with current or potential employers, or helping people or organizations in need. Either way, it’s a great way to ring in the fall with a new and improved resume.
Hopefully, this post will help you get off the couch (at least some the time) this summer!