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8 Things To Do Before The Summer Ends

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BookRenter Blogger Biography Cameron TranchemontagneDid you start off this summer with a huge list of summer activities you wanted to complete before the season ends? Summer is almost over, so if you haven’t taken an opportunity to enjoy it yet, make sure you do so soon! Make this summer memorable and fun!

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer by doing some of the following:

1. Hiking

I could be very biased because I’m from New Hampshire and have unlimited access to the breathtaking White Mountains, but I think hiking is a much underrated summer activity. It’s great because it lets you reconnect with nature, it’s very healthy cardio, and often times the destination is worth the trek. One of my favorite summer memories is hiking up to Zealand Falls to see the beautiful views on the summit, and then stopping at the waterfall on the way back for a refreshing swim in the pool below. Its best to go with at least one other person, but anything beyond a group of four can get hectic. Make sure you pack a lunch, snacks, plenty of water, sunscreen, and plenty of bug spray.

2. Camping

This one and hiking almost go hand in hand, and they’re fun for the same reasons. Go camping without an RV, trust me, it’s a whole different experience. You can either drive out to a campsite and park your car at your designated site, or you can venture into the woods with all your gear on your back. I usually go to a state park that allows camping because it is the perfect mix of civilization and wilderness. Bring a tent – of course – and either some inflatable mattresses or foam squares to lay on the ground to make sleeping more comfortable. There will likely be a fire pit and maybe a grill there, but consider bringing your own personal grill and a small tank of propane. Depending on where you go, they may have bathroom facilities, but it’s always best to check ahead of time so you can plan out what you need to bring and what you don’t. Also, check out my last blog about summer camping hacks.

3. Family Reunions

Haven’t seen your cousins, aunts, and uncles in a while? Why not have a family reunion? My family does this every year and in the 40 years that it’s been around, it has become one of the most widely anticipated events of the year in our family. It’s always the first weekend in August and everyone in the extended family is invited for a surf n’ turf cookout complete with lawn games, music, and good company. It’s always good to reconnect with the family members you haven’t seen in a while.

4. Sun Bathing

Yes, it’s not too late to go outside and get a tan. This is an activity with lots of multitasking opportunity. You can read, talk on the phone, take a nap, listen to music, etc. all while laying outside. Just remember to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated if it’s hot!

5. Fairs

Ever been to a fair? They’re pretty fun, right? If you haven’t been to the fair, rest assured, it’s pretty fun. There are lots of fairs that happen at different times in different places, but end of the summer into early fall is usually a fair-filled season. There are games, rides, and often times even a petting zoo! Not to mention all the fair food that is delicious and terrible for you (I highly recommend the deep-fried Oreos). You may even get to see some fireworks while you’re there!

6. Outdoor Entertainment

Does your town have a park? Do they sometimes host concerts, theatre productions, or movies in that park? If they do you should consider going to one! It’s just like going to all that stuff normally, but outside! Often times the movies shown at outdoor venues are indie movies or documentaries that you wouldn’t get to see in a commercial movie theater. Most of the time, the concerts feature relatively unknown bands who aren’t big yet, but might be in 5 years or so and then you’ll get to say, “I saw them play 5 years ago at a park in my town” and everyone will think you’re so trendy and ahead of the curve.

7. Museums

If you can find a museum about something you are genuinely interested in or just want to know more about, then prepare to have a super fun day of learning (yes, that is possible). Typically the exhibits at science museums will feature something mind-blowing and/or interactive. Art museums are less interactive but may have some very awe-inspiring pieces if you’re an art lover. There are also more specific museums dedicated to a certain topic or person. For example, if you are in Virginia you can visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, where you can tour the house and the grounds to see what life was like on the property. You’ll see everything and gain more of an appreciation for a little piece of American history.

8. Amusement Parks

Although the lines and the ticket prices can be a hassle, it’s usually a fun day whenever you go to an amusement park. The rides are thrilling, the games are entertaining, and the food is cardboard (so pack your own lunch). I also include zoos and aquariums in this category because often times amusement parks will have their own zoos or aquariums, like Busch Gardens in Florida or the York Wild Kingdom in Maine. And if you think about it, zoos and aquariums are essentially nature-museums operated like a theme park. If you can’t find a theme park within driving distance of you, see option #5.

If all else fails you could always go play in the sprinkler (maybe?). Whatever you do with these last few weeks of summer, have fun and appreciate each day. School will be back in session before you know it!

What is the best thing you’ve done this summer? Share in a comment below!

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4 Indoor Activities To Avoid The Cold

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Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter weather has swept much of the nation in the past few weeks. With frigid temperatures, snow, cold rain, and sleet – venturing any further than your bed may seem like a task.

Here a few fun ideas to help you and maybe even your roommate(s) pass some time away:

1. Card Games

Speed, Spit, and maybe even Go Fish are great card games to play. If you want to make it a little more entertaining, invite your floormates to a tournament. Prize for the winner of the tournament is semester-long bragging rights.

2. Movie Marathon

This is a great time to get to know your floormates! Ask everyone to pick his or her favorite movie and have a movie marathon! Getting to know each other’s taste in movies is a fantastic way to build some common ground between you and your floormates … and kill some time!

3. Read

It’s an old-school way to pass the time! Plus, there are some really great books that will soon be turned into movies, like The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. Check them out before they head to the big screen.

4. Start Blogging

You have thoughts and opinions, so why not share them? There are several hosting sites that you can choose from: WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, and many others! Write about things that inspire you, things you’re interested in, or even your favorite sports team. If you are trapped inside, blogging can take up tons of time just to jot down things you’re thinking about.

There are many things you can do if you are stuck inside. What do you like to do?

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Campus Activities Besides Partying

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Being a college student doesn’t have to mean that you have to drink or party all the time, or at all. There are other things you can do on a college campus to have fun. Here are a few ideas for you to consider:

1. Go To A Student Org Event

There can be several different fun events to go to hosted by student organizations. These can range from outdoor (or indoor) movies, comedians, game nights (ranging from bingo to video games), concerts, or guest speakers. Often times these events are free or under $5 and you can sometimes even win prizes for going to them! You already pay for most of them with your student tuition so you might as well take advantage!

2. Rec Room

Do you like to play pool? Ping Pong? Foosball? Or endless video games? Then go spend some time at your university’s recreation room! Bring a student ID and you can sign out a set of balls for pool, any video game you want, or paddles and a ping pong ball and stay as long as you want (or at least until it closes). This is a great way to hang out with friends and take a quick study break too!

3. Intramurals & Fitness Programs

Every school has intramural leagues for different sports like flag football, floor hockey, broomball, ultimate frisbee, or soccer. Some leagues are for men only, for women only, and some are coed. The winner of each intramural sport usually wins some sort of prize and it is free to play so what do you have to lose? If team sports aren’t your thing, you could also join a zumba, yoga, or kickboxing class. These are great ways to have fun, stay in shape, and meet new people.

What do you like to do on campus that does not include drinking or partying?

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5 Things To Do While In College

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As much as I’m in denial about the whole “g” word, it is time to face the fact that my undergraduate career is in fact almost over.  The fact that I only have a couple more months as a student here at University of Delaware is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. I decided to compile a list of the 5 best things I have done since being in college the past 3.5 years because I think you should consider doing them if you haven’t already!

1. Rush a Sorority/Fraternity

Sorority recruitment changed my life.  I was a transfer student to UD my sophomore year and having come from Syracuse – I knew NO ONE.  Joining my sorority absolutely changed my life and my college experience for the better.

2. Run A Race

I registered for my first marathon last year and am so happy I did.  I’m not saying that you have to go run a marathon, but consider doing a 5k or that beloved Color Run; running a race with friends is an experience you won’t forget.

3. Live Off Campus

To live in an apartment with three other friends my senior year has been an unbelievable experience.  Not only is it a ton of fun, I finally escaped that dreadful dining hall food and can cook myself dinner in my own kitchen.

4. Road Trip

It doesn’t have to be far or take a long time, just go somewhere fun and spend a day forgetting about classes and exams.  Taking road trips down to the beach with my best friends has created memories that will last a lifetime.

5. Take Pictures

Trust me, if you don’t have at least 500 pictures to document your college career, you will regret it.  These are supposed to be the best 4 years of your life, and you don’t want to forget a second of them.

Do any of these things while you can! Your college years go by faster than you think!

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Outdoor Activities

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The summer months are my favorite reprieve from the constant demands of school year life. I get to work an easy job, wake up late if I want, and stay up even later. It doesn’t matter if its Tuesday or Saturday, the expensive college textbooks aren’t on my desk and there is a bathing suit drying in my bathroom. With school out of session, it is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the weather!

Living in a decent sized city easily keeps me outside in the forest or by the river for at least 12 hours a day. Here are some great outdoor activity ideas that you can put to use this summer!

Visit a Lake / River

Enjoy a sunny day by a lake or river. Lakes and rivers usually are more secluded and allow for a more intimate setting with friends. Consider the option to rent a speedboat, canoe, or kayak when you go. There is a lot more to do by the water than just swim!

Go for a Hike / Walk

Going for a hike or walk is always a fun way to get exercise and enjoy the beautiful weather. It can also be a fun daytime precursor to a BBQ with friends that can make relaxing at the BBQ that much better.

Picnic & Park Day

Bigger cities offer parks with picnic tables and grills for people to meet up for a summer picnic or party. This is a great idea if you need a big area for a gathering.

Outdoor Entertainment

Some towns offer free entertainment, like plays and concerts. Food stands from local restaurants and breweries may even be present that can help people stay energized for summer night dancing. Most city websites offer information on events like this, so go take a look at what your city has to offer!

Fairs and Rodeos

Fairs and rodeos are always a really fun way to let loose with friends. The bull riding is great entertainment and its hard to pass up on elephant ears and cotton candy.

Happy Playing!

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