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Every student looks forward to summer vacation as a time of sweet, stress-less, bliss. Minus SAT’s and college preparation, I think we can all agree that summer breaks were a primarily enjoyable time. I didn’t expect my first summer home from college to be any different. In fact I thought it’d be better. No tedious summer homework and friends to visit outside of my home state would create a recipe for fun and freedom. But of course, life had to throw one of its signature curve balls to keep me on my toes. This ball consisted of an unprecedented amount of pressure during what was supposed to be the most relaxing three months ever.
I understand that my experience doesn’t apply to everyone. If Summer 2K17 has been treating you well, full of adventures and bucket lists, power to you! However, biting off more than you can chew over the summer months isn’t an abnormal experience. Personally, I never expected my summer job to take up so much of my time and focus. My financial independence, carpool responsibilities, and internship searches feel rewarding and self-sufficient, no doubt. That doesn’t mean they also can’t sometimes suffocate me. Without the structure and autonomy I feel while away at BU, I’ve found it difficult to find a solid outlet for my stress, but it’s important to keep working on it nonetheless.
Between social media’s pressures and societies expectations, it’s no wonder our generation is so stressed out. That doesn’t change just because school is out for the summer. In fact, I placed even more pressure on myself to make the most of this time off. So much so, that I’d frequently forget to give myself some time off.Regardless, the last thing I want is for this cloud of anxiety and upset to sneak its way into the start of my sophomore year. So I decided to look at some things I can do to not only improve, but enjoy the remainder of the summer.
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I get it; as a broke college kid summer is the prime time to get to work and save up for the school year. Just because you’ve got more free time on your hands doesn’t mean your life must now be consumed with work. Create a schedule so that you can give yourself equal time to earn and enjoy. I’ve found that having a planner is just as useful during the summer as it is during the school year.
Setting aside some “me-time” is crucial in creating that balance. While working and socializing should be priorities, you should always be your own first priority. Give yourself a chance to breathe; watch some Netflix or just sit outside for a bit. There’s something very restorative about moments of solitude.
During summer vacation, I easily slip into the overdrive mentality. If I’m not making money or planning for fall semester, I’m slacking off. This becomes a vicious cycle that keeps me ridden in hair-pulling stress and guilt. You should not feel bad for taking a break during summer break! You work hard enough during the school year, no need to beat yourself up when you’re supposed to be vacationing! Sit back with a matcha latte and a good book, and DON’T feel bad about it.
I don’t know about you, but I find myself worrying about and trying to prepare for every worst scenario imaginable that could happen at school. If you find yourself doing this too, well…DON’T! Everything will work out the way it’s meant to, so don’t waste time stressing over things that have yet to happen. You’ll figure it out when the situation presents itself, whether a sloppy new roommate or harder classes.
Regardless of how you’ve been spending your summer up to this point, it’s not too late to enjoy what’s left of it! Leave the stressing for school and soak up the sun and free time while you still can. Your body and mind will thank you for it now and as we approach the 2017-2018 school year.
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.