Use this summer to have an adventure. Did you know that adventure is in your own backyard? You don’t have to travel to explore beauty and wonder. Journey locally.
1. Farmers’ Market
One of the best options to begin with is visiting your local farmers’ market. Ever tried dessert gooners? I hadn’t either, up until I visited a booth at the farmers’ market. There’s more to crab rangoons than just crab meat. We tried a rangoon with banana and Nutella filling. Implement this into your life this summer. Actively seek out a farmers’ market. You won’t regret it.
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2. Local Art
Supporting local artists broadens your perspective. A lot of college students or travelling artists spend their weekends showcasing their passions, whether it’s in music, design, photography, or simply handmade crafts. You never know what you’ll find. Recently, my friends and I came across this band called the Brazilian 2wins and fell right in love.They did covers of Top 40 hits and engaged with everyone who was watching them.
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3. Local Business
Bring your smartphone or camera along and get some good shots in. One of the cool things about this is that you can Instagram different musicians, artistic layouts, wonderful fresh flowers and produce, and ultimately create a summer photo album about your adventures.
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Go out there and make the most out of your summer by keeping it local!
Summer break is a great time to relax and take a breather from a school year’s worth of stress! If you’re not planning on taking any summer courses this year, here are some top fun summer break ideas that you might enjoy!
1. Spontaneous Adventures
The school year is jam-packed with back-to-back study sessions, so take a break and have a spontaneous adventure. Have a good old-fashioned summer road trip but with a twist! Instead of mapping out all the spots you want to travel, pick an end destination and then find cool new attractions to visit using Bagonize. You can select destinations based on location, number of travelers, and budget! It’s extremely convenient when you’re trying to narrow down destinations based on your budget.
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2. Tour Abroad
Most schools have their very own STA travel agency located on campus. You can always stop by and check out the various summer tours that students can take. If your school does not have one, you can check out their website for the latest travel promotions. Not only does STA travel help you out with tours abroad, but they also have information about working abroad, study abroad, and volunteer abroad programs!
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3. Volunteer Work
Spend your summer volunteering in your field of study! You can find awesome volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Match. Just enter in your zip code and a few keywords to find the right volunteer opportunity for you. You can earn service hours for those of you who need hours to complete your senior seminars, or you can gain some useful experience in your field.
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4. Recreational Classes
How about taking some recreational classes? Try some new dance moves, enhance your cooking skills, or improve your computer application skills. It’s a great way to meet new people and gain a new hobby or skill. Save some crash by signing up at a local community center or college.
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Whatever you choose to do this summer break, have fun doing it. Whether you are traveling the world or hitting the books, make sure to squeeze in some relaxation time. This is your time to unwind before you begin another year full of study sessions and exams!
I have done summer school every semester since I began college. Over the years I have found a few ways to not only keep myself motivated, but I’ve also found how I can still have an amazing summer in the midst of classes. These are just a few tips that work for me that some of my friends have tried recently too.
1. Choose Classes Wisely
I typically don’t like early morning classes because I hate waking up. However, during the summer you have to make a decision, would you rather wake up and be done with class earlier? Or, would you rather sleep in and go to class later in the day? Every person will answer that differently, but you have to remember that this isn’t a normal semester, so your plans should be based off of your summer schedule.
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2. Pick A Flexible Job
Don’t pick up a summer job and make that your number one priority before summer school. Yes, money is something we all need, and it’s also really great to work during the summer – but don’t forget you are spending money to take these classes, so make it worth it! Try to pick a job that is going to allow you to have the time you need to focus on school. The semester is shorter, but with just as much work with less time to do it, so you have to make sure you’re able to keep up.
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3. Keep Motivated
If you take a class you are good at and enjoy, it is easier to stay motivated. I have noticed that when I used to take summer classes in a subject that I struggle with (like math or science), I had a much harder time staying focused. Classes for my major and general education, I didn’t have as much of an issue with and I ended up getting much better grades. Don’t pick your toughest classes just because the semester is shorter, that absolutely does not mean the class will be easier!
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Taking summer courses is not for everyone, but it has definitely been something that I am glad I’ve done. Whether you want the afternoon for fun, or you want to sleep until noon, figure out what works best for your summer schedule and make it happen!
School is officially over! Well, at least for those who aren’t taking summer courses. But whether or not you’re taking classes this summer, it’s time to enjoy this nice weather! Summer parties are great because you get to hang out outside with your friends and family, fire up the grill, and enjoy the sun.
However, throwing these parties can get a bit pricey especially if you get a bigger crowd. Here are some ideas I have for throwing a great party without spending tons of cash!
1. Homemade Drinks
People are a lot more thirsty when they’re eating outdoors with the sun blazing down on them. It is important to keep hydrated, but buying beverages can put a dent on your budget. A great way to save is to make your own! Make your own lemonade and iced teas with this easy recipe that includes water, ice, lemons, and strawberries.
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2. Chinese Paper Lanterns
Chinese paper lanterns are a cute addition to any party. They run on batteries and create such a great ambiance. Plus they’re fairly inexpensive! Here are some lanterns that you can use over and over again!
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No one said you have to barbecue massive amounts of meat. I love to just make a few different appetizers and put them out and let people munch on those before the grilling begins. This way, they’re not as hungry by the time the meat comes around and you won’t have to buy tons of meat. Start with stick salads. This is essentially just cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves. They’re delicious and my guests always love them! Fruit is always a great thing to play with because you can make all sorts of different shapes out of it, like this hedgehog made out of watermelon.
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With these ideas, you can throw a fun and festive party without breaking the bank. Just allow yourself some time to get creative and you can come up with anything!