You’ve just gone through two semesters of classes, homework, meetings, and activities. At last, you’re moving out and heading home for the summer! There’s another side to summer vacation in college: you’ve just made all these great friends who you got to see every day, and now you all have to part ways for the next few months! The good news is, the first summer I had after starting college turned out to be my best summer yet, and this one is shaping up to be pretty great too!
Through these past couple of summers, I’ve made the best out of the time I’m spending away from the incredible St. Michael’s College by doing all of the following:
1.) Explore new places and try different things in and around your hometown!
There’s a chance that you and your friends had your own little summer routine in high school…you probably had your go-to spots and your usual weekend activities. Now, you have the perfect opportunity to branch out of that routine and try things that you’ve never thought of, even though they’ve been right in front of you this whole time!
After all, who knows how many summers you have left in your hometown! It’s important to explore as much of it as possible while you’re there. You just may find a new favorite spot!
2.) Be on the lookout for cheap (or better yet, free), fun things to do!
If you haven’t heard by now, your college years are all about watching what you spend. Maybe there’s a free local concert going on downtown, or a cool state park where you can park for a handful of quarters. Either way, you’ll be happy you were wise with your wallet when opportunity knocks to do something a little bigger and pricier!
3.) Make plans to see your college friends!
Go ahead; plan a day trip or a weekend together! Even though you’re not seeing each other every day anymore, these summer circumstances make the times that you do see each other that much more special.
This also gives you the chance to show off your hometown (or maybe your home-state!) to all your college buds, and vice versa!
Wherever you’re spending your summer away from school, I hope you’re making the best of it! Don’t be afraid to try something new and different, and do all the explorin’ you can!
To get a digital glimpse of how I’m spending my summer, feel free to follow me on Instagram @claire_cavanaugh!
Until next time, folks!