NancyLea Illsley—We’ve got a little over a month left of summer now, and we are all at different points in our lives. There are some of us that feel like we’ve been stuck in the same rut since school ended two months ago. Others of us have been trying to have as much fun as we can, while we can. Whether it’s your first summer before freshman year or the last summer before you graduate, I have tips and tricks that will help you get through the rest of your summer.
I am going to start off talking to the incoming freshmen. Now I know you’re getting excited to be away from home, start lives of your own and become your own person, but there are important things you should do before this happens. First, make sure you see all of the people you know you won’t for a long time (grandparents, great grandparents if they’re still around, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.). You’ll still get Thanksgiving and Christmas with them but think about all the times you see them throughout the year just because; you won’t have that anymore unless you live close to home. Second, make sure you get what you need but ONLY what you’ll need, figure out the rest later. Last but not least, have a good time. School is stressful — you know this from high school, but college takes a toll you never thought imaginable, socially, mentally, emotionally, you name it. Go out and have some fun this next month.
Now, for the sophomores or juniors that moved back home because they didn’t have enough money to live on their own, this month will go by fast; hang in there. I know you’re bored and probably feel like you’re going to go crazy looking for something to do. Well look no further because I have the solution for you. Work hard but not too hard; try to take weekends off (if you work enough), and go out to have some fun. It could be anything from enjoying a picnic with a significant other to hiking with family or friends. Try to get out and enjoy the sun before we’re all trapped inside again; next thing we know it’s going to be cold.
Now for the seniors or fifth year students, whether you have another semester or another year, look on the bright side: a year from now you’re going to be in a completely different place in life. Whether you’re working at an internship or a summer job, make that money but don’t work your life away. We have our whole lives ahead of us to work. This is where getting out and clearing your mind with some fun activities is crucial. Go to the beach, take a walk around the block with your best friend, get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather before it’s too late.
I know I have been feeling down a lot this summer thinking about how life has been going and where I am. It’s hard to think that there is a greater purpose for us out there when our purpose right now and for the past 20 years has been to get good grades and listen closely to what people tell us. We will all reach a point of content, but until then let’s make the most of it. “Life is what you make it. Make it count.”