How to Make the Most of Your Summer Break

College is an exciting time. You’re learning new things, meeting new people, and growing as a person. Despite the grueling study hours, many people look back on college as one of the best times in their lives. You’re surrounded by a community, new ideas, and endless activities in which to partake.

Coming home from college for the summer can feel like a culture shock. All of a sudden, you’re back in the home of your youth! Your parents may still have the same old rules about when you can leave the house and when you can come home, and it can be strange and frustrating to be treated like a kid again. While summer break often comes with some weird feelings, it also offers many great opportunities. Don’t let this summer break pass you by. Instead, make the most of it. Below are our favorite suggestions for making the most of your summer break.

Go on Vacation

When you were a kid, perhaps you went on family vacations. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the beach, go camping, or visit a national park. Perhaps your family didn’t plan any kind of trip this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go on one. You can meet up with college friends, bring along your high school friends, or invite your sibling on a road trip. Whoever you bring, you can make the most of your summer break by taking a trip. Whether you hike in the Badlands, explore Henry County, Georgia, or visit New York, you can plan an adventure this summer.

Spend Time with Your Family

You haven’t seen your family for an entire school year, not counting your breaks. While college is a great time to get away from the nest and spread your wings, you can still enjoy coming home and spending time with your family. It might be strange to have a curfew again, but try to find positive ways to interact with your family. As long as you reassure them that you love them, they might nag you less this upcoming school year! Do a few family activities, and take some time to chat with your parents. You can use this summer break to reconnect with your roots.  

Take Online Classes

Dare we say it? While you might not want to touch another textbook for three months, your summer break is nevertheless a good time to start gaining more credit. If you want to finish early, for personal or financial reasons, you can earn a credit or two via online classes. With innovative academic programs, learning online is easier than ever. You can knock out a few of your gen eds this way, as long as your college or university accepts the credit. You might not want to keep studying during your summer break, but it could be a great chance to get ahead.

See High School Friends

Now that you’re back in town, many of your high school friends might be, too. Your summer break is the perfect time to see a few of them. You can host a party or two, or meet them one-on-one for coffee. You may find that you’re growing apart from some of your high school friends, but your best friends still want to see you, and you’ll want to see them. You both have a great deal of catching up to do, so take advantage of your summer break and hang out with your best high school friends.

Get a Job

This summer, it might be a good plan to get a job. A summer job doesn’t have to make you miserable. You can make good money working as a landscaper. A landscaping company will be quick to hire you, despite the fact that you’re only here for the summer. You can also get a job as a camp counselor, if you want to get out of the house and keep having adventures all summer. You might love the chance to invest in kids, have fun, and do something quirky with your break. The extra money won’t hurt, either.

Learn New Things

We know you might be sick of learning, but this summer is the perfect chance for you to learn something fun. A painting class, surfing lessons in Waikiki, HI, or participating in a community garden can help you grow more as a person. The lessons you learn this summer can all involve passion projects. You can find new things that you love and enjoy, and invest in them. Even if you spend your summer resting, you can still enjoy investigating a new life passion.

Try New Things

You should always try new things in life. Sometimes, they’re things of which your parents approve, like volunteering at an assisted living facility. Other times, they’re things your parents don’t like, like trying vaping with your friends and exploring new ejuices. As long as you’re not putting your life on the line, however, you shouldn’t be afraid to go after new experiences. Mistakes and adventures are part of growing up, and you should explore your new freedom without fear. This summer, don’t be afraid to try fun things.

Volunteer

Did we mention volunteering at an assisted living facility? While it might feel like the last thing you want to do on your break, volunteering is, in fact, rewarding. You might find that you love working with the elderly, kids, or animals at the humane society. There are plenty of volunteer positions you could fill, and if you’re not working or studying, volunteering could help give purpose to your summer. Whether you volunteer at a local hospital, or lead tours for the historical society, a laid-back volunteering position can help you feel needed, active, and purposeful this summer. However you choose to spend your time, make the most of your summer break.