There are always summer bucket lists we each create in our minds, believing that if we do at least a couple, we’ll feel that we not only accomplished something, but that our summer wasn’t as pathetic as we thought it was with just classes and/or working. We get ahead of ourselves sometimes, reaching for the stars and listing things that probably won’t happen, no matter how much we want them to (such as skydiving, taking a cross-country road trip, or meeting someone famous while shopping in Hollywood), hoping to go back to college with a cool story to tell. Why not stick to something simple and add something you can actually do fairly easily?
1. Manual Labor
Weeding your jungle of a backyard or helping a family member in the garden can be great exercise while getting the task at hand done. You will feel accomplished climbing into bed that night!
2. Get Lost
Take an ice cold water bottle, turn up your favorite music, and explore areas you’ve never been. The only rule: you can’t use your cell phone to find your way home. You’ll learn to rely on yourself more instead of Google.
3. Talk to a Random Person
While waiting in line for your latte at Starbucks, ask the person next to you what their favorite drink is to get conversation started. A simple conversation can have a great impact on your overall day! You’ll know you’ve had a successful conversation when you both leave with a smile.
4. Read a Bestseller
I get it, we aren’t all readers. But sooner or later, you will find someone who wants to chat books. Take some time to feed your brain with a book with a good plotline and the next time you’re asked, “Read any good books lately?” you will have an answer.
Make a commitment to not checking Facebook, Twitter, email, or your phone. There’s just something about being unreachable that refreshes the mind and makes you eager to take care of things when you do reconnect.
The trick to making the most of your summer is to find things that are easy to do, especially if you’re on a college student budget. Hey, at least you won’t have to say “nothing” when your classmates ask you what you did over the summer!