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If you’re anything like me, that fact that we’re already in the midst of June is mind blowing. In less than three months, we’ll be getting ready to head back to grueling schedules and countless responsibilities (not to say that we don’t have any of those at home). This realization inspired me to make a list of all the things we all should do to make the most of our free time before summer comes to an end.
What could possibly be more cathartic than throwing all the worksheets and assignments that drove us crazy all year in a large, fiery pit? If you’re looking to start of your summer bucket list with a bang, this is the way to do it. Feel free to roast some marshmallows as you let those papers burn, baby burn.
Although Coachella and Governor’s Ball have sadly passed us by, part of the fun of summer is finding new events to go to. With all the dope music and artists surfacing this summer, there are bound to be some pretty sick concerts, if not festivals, to attend. The Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas, Essence Festival in New Orleans, and Lollapalooza in Chicago are just a few of the larger festivals coming up; but if festivals aren’t in your budget (or in your timezone), do some internet exploring and find what smaller events are happening in your area. Maybe you’ll end up finding your favorite artist of 2017!
Summer break entails three major activities: doing fun things with friends, enjoying the outdoors, and binge-watching movies. A backyard movie night checks everything on the list. Not to mention it serves as a great excuse…I mean venue, to eat endless junk food. It’s pretty easy to set up, but if you don’t have the necessary materials or a backyard, a drive-in movie or good, old fashion Netflix all-nighter would be just as fun.
Summer is the perfect, and often only, time for pleasure-reading. Whether it’s one really big book or a lot of smaller books, it’s important to keep our brains at least a little stimulated between all the binge-watching and sleeping we’ll be doing this summer. Bonus points if you incorporate summer-stipulation #2 (enjoying the outdoors) by finding a nice beach, pool, or nature reserve to do your reading. Sounds blissful, right?
I would be lying if I didn’t say that summer vacation did include some responsibilities; we are broke college students, after all. But who said making money doesn’t have to be fun? Indeed, Craigslist, and other job board sites always have some interesting (and legitimate) options, from dog walking to selling cutlery door-to-door. You’ll have some money to spend and some stories to tell by the time school comes back around.
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Grab some friends, pick a place, fill up your tank, and drive!
Now that you have the time, and maybe even the kitchen, to do so, release your inner Julia Child and learn something new! Pinterest is a great place to start in your journey to becoming a master chef. Watch out, Gordon Ramsay.
Speaking of learning new things, why not pick up some basics in a foreign language this summer? There are a ton of online resources that make it super easy to freshen up on old skills or learn new ones. DuoLingo notifies you everyday to practice and motivates you with streaks and medals. I’m using it to review my french before embarking on a trip to Haiti at the end of the month; souhaite moi bonne chance!
I know this sounds dumb but hear me out! Everyone does the traditional pool or beach thing, but there’s ways to make this classic summer activity a bit more entertaining. Filling a pool with glowsticks, skinny dipping in a hot spring, cliff-diving, and jumping off a yacht into the ocean are a few options for your Summer ~Swimming~ Bucket List. That last one may have been a stretch, but if DJ Khaled can do it, anyone can…right?
What better way to make use of your old stuff by destroying it to create new stuff? Hit up Pinterest for some fun craft ideas like dorm decorations, recycled clothing, or this weird wind mobile thing made of reused bottles. To each his own, I guess.
I hope this list gave you some ideas on how to cure your restlessness for the next few months. May Summer 2k17 be the most adventurous, productive, musical, and crafty summer yet!
My name is Ina and I'm an avid lover of fashion, food, friends, dance, music, and herb puns. I want to be as cool as Millie Bobby Brown when I grow up. Boston University Class of 2020.