Tips to a Fulfilling Summer

Mindy reading a book while overlooking the quad.
Mindy reading a book while overlooking the quad.

With summer rapidly approaching everyone cannot wait for the school year to end and the relaxing to begin. However, having a fulfilling summer is key when looking back on it once the school year restarts. There is no greater sense of accomplishment when you are cooped up in your dorm room, then to know there isn’t anything else you wish you had done this past summer.

Here are some tips for how to have a fulfilling summer:

 

Read a good book: Being in college a lot of the books we read are in the form of a textbook or based on something we are not interested in at all. A book that you actually enjoy can help stimulate imagination and create focus and concentration. Often time in the summer people are either constantly doing activities or not doing anything at all. It is important to keep your brain working, so why not do it with a book you like. Books related to your passion or field of study can also help you recreate or improve yourself in various aspects. For example, you could be inspired to do one act of kindness a day or discover a new interest of yours within your field of study.

 

Mindy trying a new drawing style that her roommate showed her.
Mindy trying a new drawing style that her roommate showed her.

Channel a new artistic skill: With three “free” months in the summer there is a lot of time to try out new skills. Channel your inner creative ways and pick up a new artistic skill. You can use this skill when you are back at school to relieve stress and relax.

 

Listen to podcasts or documentaries: College may be out for a few months, however you should try and gain some knowledge while on this academic break. Believe it or not, most classes pull real world examples from documentaries or similar outlets. So, watching these ahead of time can give you prior knowledge. You can also watch them for fun, learning interesting facts in areas you have never heard about. Netflix has a plethora of documentaries spanning multiple disciplines.

 

TED Talk: influential and informative videos from expert speakers

Netflix: there are a lot of highly regarded documentaries on Netflix

 

Mindy and her boyfriend kayaking around Barlett Island in Bar Harbor, ME.
Mindy and her boyfriend kayaking around Barlett Island in Bar Harbor, ME.

Research scholarships you can apply for in the fall: While in school there is always constant assignments being given and events popping up. People often run out of time or do not have much time to research scholarships. Scholarships are essential for students who want to lessen their loan debt. Most of the time winter break is the time people set aside to search for such things. However, there are a number of scholarships due not only in the summer but also in the fall.

 

Spend time outdoors: For most of spring semester, especially this year, it has been cold and windy. Our blissful sunny days are followed by snow and cold temperatures. As we head into summer break it is important to soak up the sun and spend all the time we missed, from being cooped up in our dorms, outside. Learning a new outdoors hobby can help facilitate the desire to be outside. Hobbies like gardening, swimming, running, or even relaxing will fulfill your summer.

 

These 5 things were just a few tips of many to help you have a fulfilling summer! I hope that you get the most out of this time off and enjoy the warm weather.