Brace yourselves, because if you’re a junior going into senior year of college, what I’m about to tell you is a harsh and true reality: This is our last summer.
Summer is the one mark of childhood, teenage years and non-adulthood that stays with us through all our years of school. For 16 grades at the end of May or early June, we can celebrate in the face of at least two months without exams, papers or lectures with that one professor whose jokes are never as funny as he thinks they are. The working world, most unfortunately, has no such construct as the flawless summer, so what can we do to make the most of our last one?
• Go home
I know, I know. Home pales in comparison to the freedom, fun and wild stories your college town can give you, but I have some bad news: Home will not always be there. With our adult lives ahead and childhood getting further away behind us, never think you’re “too old” for a home-cooked meal and quality time with your family. Do hometown activities you haven’t thought about in years, just for the memories and the simple fact that it may be a long time until you come back. The fridge is always full, cable is already paid for and there are no happier people in the world than parents who finally have children home from college.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to study abroad in college or travel with your friends, use this summer to plan the vacations you’ve always talked about. Get in the car and road trip to Vegas, the coast or even across country to whatever cool places you stumble across. Right now our time is our time, but soon it will belong to our employer, our significant other or our family. Don’t put off visiting where you’ve always wanted to go; use this time now because you never know when you’ll have it back later.
Don’t lose your mind. A lot of things we do in college — and you know what I’m talking about — are generally frowned upon once we become what the rest of society views as “serious, working adults.” In college, they’re just part of everyday life and that’s part of what makes these four years the best of our lives. These are the years dedicated to our pursuit of shenanigans; make sure you soak in every minute of it you can.
• Plan for post-grad
Whether your education stops here or you continue on to earn a graduate degree (which, in that case, you might have a few more summers), take some time this summer to look into your options next year. Identify potential jobs or graduate schools you would like to attend and research what you need to get there. Get started on applications, make sure you have recommendations lined up and start to imagine what it will be like to achieve goals you’ve dreamed of since you first started school — success is just around the corner. While summer brings a lot of fun and relaxation, don’t let free time in the absence of schoolwork go to waste; your second-semester self will thank you.
Have A Good Summer! Even though most of us don’t still use the brilliant shorthand that we proclaimed in every yearbook we could get our hands on, it will never stop being true. Don’t lose your whole summer trying to make it exactly like the ones you’ll have for the next 30 years. No one says you can’t still act like a kid between all the responsibilities. Stay up late watching TV, sleep in, go to the pool and make some memories with your friends. H-A-G-S will never have more meaning than it does right now.
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