Well, you’ve graduated high school, and now you’re ready to take on your next phase in life. But before you do, hold up a second! You have all summer to relax and check off these twenty of essential to-dos on your summer-before-college bucket list.
20 Things to Do the Summer Before Freshman Year
- Start a Blog
Whether you write one for yourself like a journal or make it public for the world, you’ll want to document your journey starting now with the pre-college jitters and all your plans.
- Reconnect With Nature
Go dance in the rain, hike in the mountains, or camp on the side of some dirt road. Whatever gets you outside is perfect!
- Plan a Friend Road Trip
Grab your most adventurous friend, a car that can go the distance, and an awesome playlist, and hit the road for a day or two (or more). It doesn’t even matter where you go.
- Take a “Fun” Class
We recommend trying a cooking class, picking up pottery lessons, or learning a new language. When it’s just for fun, there’s no pressure!
- Have Some “Me Time”
Living in a residence hall means you won’t have much time to yourself. That’s why we highly recommend that you go someplace you love and spend a day with just you.
- Spend Time With Mom and Dad
Mom and dad got you this far. They deserve some love too. Go on vacation with them, suggest bringing back family game night, or listen to their advice on college living.
- Read a Guilty Pleasure Book
Pretty soon, you’re not going to have many opportunities to read just for fun. If you’re a book nerd, now is the time to get out those bookmarks and library cards and start checking out all the books you’d swore you would someday read.
- Soak Up Some Sun
Vitamin D is essential, especially if you’re going to be living in a drafty, dark dorm room. Bathe in it now with some regular, safe tanning or make a few trips to the beach with sunscreen in hand.
- Revamp the Wardrobe
Budget for a day of shopping to get all the latest styles. And don’t forget your college fan gear! You’ll want to get into the school spirit early.
- Get Your Workout On
While the mornings are cool and the days are warm, take up an activity you can bring with you to college like yoga, dance, or weight lifting.
- DIY Some Dorm Decor
Spray paint an old lamp, create some personalized picture frames, or make wall hangings that are totally you! Use Pinterest as your guide.
- Take a Staycation
This is especially important if you’re going away for college. Have you ever wanted to try that hot restaurant everyone raves about? Now may be your last chance to enjoy your hometown.
- Throw a Fancy Dress Party
A fancy dress party is one where your guests come in costume. We especially love the idea of a party that encourages recycling your prom dress!
- Do Some Random Acts of Kindness
Volunteering towards a good cause should be on every bucket list. You’ll build that good karma and boost your resume.
- Pick Up a Relaxing Hobby
Meditate, knit, bake, play guitar, dance. You’ll take these hobbies with you to college where you’ll need a de-stresser.
- Do Summer Your Way
Don’t forget about your favorite little things like eating ice cream, playing in the backyard with your dog, or taking walks around your neighborhood. They all matter for the perfect summer!
- Score Tickets to that Festival
Now’s the time to splurge on that hot music festival. Plus, going with your high school BFF’s can make memories to last your lifetime.
- Start a Healthy Eating Routine
The Freshman 15 is totally real, so make sure you’ve got healthy meal planning down now. Learn how to do easy cooks or find a few go-to recipes you can recreate in your dorm.
- Plan Out Your Dorm Room
Shopping for college takes time, but if you want to make it easy on yourself, check out dorm room starter packs that have everything already to go for your first day in the dorms.
- Do One Epic Thing
We made this list with us in mind, but you’ll want to plan at least one thing (maybe a trip, activity, etc.) that you can remember forever. Do something big and bold to declare that this coming year is your year!
Whatever you do this summer, make sure you have no regrets. By making out your own, personalized bucket list, you can be sure you have the best time off ever.