It is not quite as spontaneous as YOLO. But it does not take as long to fulfill as a New Year’s resolution — yet it should be taken as seriously as one.
After all, a 73-year-old Japanese woman broke her own world record Saturday morning for being the oldest woman to reach the peak of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. How could you not be inspired by such a feat?
Treat the next few months as your golden window of opportunity to act on this inspiration. Summer has just begun for most college students. While the summer season does not technically begin until June 20, students already have goals in mind. Now is the time for students, whether they have internships lined up or not, to accomplish goals that would be highly unlikely or impossible to do during the hectic school year.
For some, reading (or rereading) as many books as possible earns a spot on their summer bucket list. Similarly, watching as many movies as possible may seem like an attractive goal.
And if it can help advance your skill set for future employers or will simply enlighten you, why not learn or brush up on a language in a foreign country?
Tori Ero, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, said she will spend part of her summer studying abroad, sightseeing and experiencing the culture in South Korea.
“Mostly I’m just trying to see as much of Seoul as possible in three weeks,” Ero said.
However, others will be taking it several steps further by embarking on adventures that balance the impulsive nature of YOLO with the weight of a New Year’s resolution to create some laudable summer goals.
Tufts University sophomore Jeremy Goldman said he and his friend will be biking from his hometown in Columbia, Md. to Mount Mitchell, N.C. Not only is this a 500-mile route, but, according to North Carolina State Parks, Mount Mitchell is the highest mountain East of the Mississippi — and they hope to hike up this mountain looming at an impressive 6,684 feet!
“We had always wanted to bike across the country but never had the free month it would require,” Goldman said, adding that they want “an intense ride with some sort of achievement.”
Yet having just two adventurous goals might not be enough.
Paul Johnson, a Saint Joseph’s University junior majoring in accounting and finance, not only will be taking summer classes and participating in leadership programs in various firms, but also hopes to experience Burning Man, take a road trip to Lollapalooza and skydive.
“Burning Man is this super crazy festival where tens of thousands of people come together and build a city in the middle of the desert in Nevada,” Johnson said. “It’s a week where people leave modern life behind and are able to solely appreciate human life. There is nothing else like it, and it’s something that a few friends have told me needs to be experienced.”
Johnson said that the road trip to Lollapalooza is self-explanatory, adding that because Chicago, the lineup and the people he will be traveling with are all awesome, Lollapalooza “is purely set up for an epic weekend.”
As for skydiving, Johnson said that it’s something he has wanted to do ever since he realized he couldn’t fly, which “may or may not have been at an early age.”
“It is something I have put on the back burner for far too long,” said Johnson. “I look forward to the feeling of freedom as I voluntarily toss myself out of a plane.”
Johnson said that this is just his main list of events, with other things on his summer bucket list, including getting a tattoo that he has been thinking about for years to see if his desire would change.
“Everyone says you’ll regret getting a tattoo,” said Johnson, “but I think that if you get something that truly means something to you, something you can look at every day for the rest of your life and live by, then there will be no regrets.”
So get started on your summer bucket list if you haven’t already. One goal can lead to a greater one.
Who knows? Maybe you will eventually be as ambitious as the man who traveled around the world by bicycle in Kevin Macdonald’s documentary Life in a Day.
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