As classes come to an end, the idea of guilt-free Netflix binges, seasonal flings and lying poolside sounds more enticing than ever. Although it is important to take time to relax, it is also important to remember that summer is the time to take advantage of opportunities you were too busy for during the school year. So for those of you heading home with no plans of summer classes, beat the imminent laziness with one or all of the five suggestions.
Summer is the perfect time to find creative ways to get active. You can easily find ways to exercise that aren’t confined within four walls. Take advantage of the sunny weather with a bike ride through the neighborhood or a walk through your favorite park. With Houston’s hot temperatures, you’ll find yourself burning calories in no time.
Make Some Money
While most deadline for summer internships have passed, you can still find experience to add to your resume. Do some freelance writing, become a nanny, or take on a part-time job. People are always looking for some summer help. Anything that broadens your skills will help in the long run. Without the academic demand, summertime is perfect for making some extra dough.
You’re probably thinking that after reading textbooks, all year the last thing you want to do is read some more. The difference is that summertime reading is leisure reading — you can choose what to read during this time. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hot romance, a biography of your favorite public figure or “The New York Times,” reading will keep your mind sharp in preparation for next school year.
Try Something New
Do something you’ve always thought about doing but never found the time to. Explore museums, learn to cook, pick up guitar lessons, volunteer with a nearby organization. As previously stated, summer is the time to do things you want to do. Go out and explore. Learning doesn’t have to exist only in the classroom. New passions are out there in the world around you, waiting for you to discover them.
Take a Trip
This one is the most exciting, in my opinion. Grab your closest friends, gas up your car and hit the road. You can also take a plane to somewhere exotic, but it’s important to keep in mind that you can make a trip out of a college budget. Spend time traveling the country or have just as much fun in a city nearby. Get away from the house, get some sun and be spontaneous. For some of us, this will be our last summer vacation as college students, so take advantage.