School is over for the semester and summer break is upon us. I believe that the American summer dream is to stay home with the shades drawn and keep Netflix on on a 24-hour basis. Don’t worry, that’s kind of my American summer dream too, but I’m hoping this summer will be a little bit different. I’m definitely going to be working a lot more hours this summer since I have nothing else really demanding my attention.
I’m sure though that I’m not the only one who is wondering what I can do over the course of the summer, but it’s good to keep a few things in mind that might help as starting points. Summer break typically only lasts about three months, which sounds like a lot of time but I promise you that time will fly by so fast you’d wonder if you had a summer break at all. Here are some suggestions to think about:
1. Think about your talents and the things you’re passionate about and continue pursuing them now that you have more time. Because it’s true. During the school year, you were busy with schoolwork and studies. Now that all that is off your shoulders (for now), you have more time to practice what you already know and progress through things you love to do. In my case, I’m going to practice my writing a lot more and try to gain a little more publicity through it.
2. Practicing what you love to do is good, but it’s also healthy to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. I know that this is practically preached to the death, but let me also mention the fact that in my opinion, no time in a year is as perfect a time to pursue new things then summer break. Are you curious about playing a musical instrument and have never played one before? Go for it. Are you interested in starting a blog? Go for it. In this day and age, there are countless opportunities to pursue new hobbies and make a name for yourself. You may not become a big-name Internet celebrity or musician by the end of summer (though it isn’t impossible), but you have at least worked hard to move down that path. It takes a lot of patience to get good at something, but given time it’ll be worth it in the end.
3. The relationships that were formed during the school year can be strengthened during the summer. When you get out of school, don’t wait to hang out with your friends when the next semester comes around. See what can be done to further your relationships and make sure to spend time with the people you’ve formed bonds with over the school year. Plus, during summer break, you have more time to do more with your friends like going on trips or maybe even going to public groups or clubs together. There are many possibilities that just takes a little digging.