14 Ways to Keep Yourself Busy This Summer

14 Ways to Keep Yourself Busy This Summer

With the semester coming to a close and our social calendars looking less and less full it's important to find some ways to keep yourself busy this summer!
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As the spring semester comes to a close, us college students feel a strange mix of excitement and dread for the coming summer: excitement for the end of the endless hours spent in the library, the end of papers and the luxury of not having to get up for those dreaded 8 AM classes. However, we dread leaving our friends and the constant companionship they bring. We dread not having our social calendars filled like they are during the academic year. We dread being bored. Thankfully, I put some serious thought into the many ways you can keep yourself busy this summer!

1. Try out restaurants you haven't tried before.

I know that there are so many restaurants in and around my hometown that I haven't ever been to. I'm hoping to spend my summer enjoying trying out new cuisine.

2. Learn how to cook something new every week.

On the topic of food, learn how to cook something new at least once a week. By the end of the summer you will be shocked at how many new recipes you learned!

3. Go for a bike ride.

Or in my case, make this the summer that you finally learn how to ride a bike. Spend a few hours getting lost in the surrounding areas. Enjoy the fresh air this summer.

4. Learn how to sail.

This may not apply to everyone but if you live near a body of water, take a sailing class. Sailing is something you can enjoy for the rest of your life. Why not let this be the summer you learn this life changing activity?

5. Craft.

As a college student, buying decorations for your dorm or apartment can get pretty expensive. Instead, spend the summer making your own artwork to furnish your place with.

6. Read an entire book series.

Is there a book series you have been dying to read but didn't have the time for this semester? Hoping to re-read Harry Potter for approximately the 1000th time? Now is your chance!

7. Take a yoga/dance/zumba class.

Summer is a great time to get in shape. Can't find a workout class? Get a gym membership! Can't afford one? Go for a run or look on YouTube for one of the many workout videos there.

8. Netflix binge.

Netflix binges are always a struggle during the semester: you want to watch all of Gilmore Girls in a week but you have that paper you're putting off nagging you the entire time. You don't have to worry about that during the summer. Time to make your popcorn and wonder over the fate of Rory and Jess for seven seasons.

9. Have a bonfire with your friends and family.

There is no better way to spend a Friday evening than sitting around a fire with the people you love most. Enjoy watching the fireflies and breathing in the fresh air.

10. Volunteer.

Find a place to volunteer: the local soup kitchen, an animal shelter or any other organization. Helping others is an incredibly enriching way to spend your summer.

11. Work.

College students are constantly struggling with money. Spend your summer building your bank account back up. Take advantage of the reduced cost of living at home instead of an expensive apartment.

12. Go to concerts.

Whether it be a small local concert or your all time favorite band, a night of listening to live music is guaranteed fun!

13. Start a garden.

You'll save a ton of money on produce if you start your own vegetable garden. One of my favorite foods in the summer is tomatoes right off the vine.

14. Get a group together for pick-up games of your favorite sport.

Play some basketball, soccer or Ultimate Frisbee! Not only are you getting active, but you're spending some great quality time with your friends.

Fill your summer with as much fun and adventure as you possibly can!

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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Surprise! High Fantasy Books Aren't Just For Kids And Middle-Aged Men

How cool are fantasy authors for literally making worlds out of nothing? Super cool, that's what!

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I'm a 21-year-old female, and I love reading fantasy books. My favorite color is pink, and I am a psychology major. You read that right... you can stop stereotyping fantasy readers now.

Over time, it seems that high fantasy novels (fantasy books that have their own unique world that is completely separate from our own) have gotten a reputation of appealing to middle-aged men that live with their parents and can't hold down a job... but that's bull crap.

High fantasy series such as Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire (aka A Game of Thrones) have slowly started helping to break that stereotype. Harry Potter shows kids that fantasy is cool, and A Game of Thrones brings fantasy to the small screen and lures millions of viewers.

It's a great start, but there is still a lack in diversity of fantasy readers. So many people are deterred because of the length of fantasy novels (and series), the complicated worlds, or the weird names. Nonsense!

Length: Look at it this way -- if you are enjoying a book, don't you want more material to get to know the world and characters more?

Complicated worlds: Imagining new worlds can be difficult, but it's a lot of fun to see a world in your own unique way based on what the authors write. Also, how cool are authors for literally making worlds out of nothing? Super cool, that's what!

Weird names: Yeah, I honestly wonder if some authors just put random letters together and go with it. But sometimes the odd names actually have cool meanings to them. For instance, J.K. Rowling's names often come from Latin words or old names that correspond to who the characters are and their traits.

Basically, no matter who you are or what your normal reading tastes are, I think giving fantasy books a try is totally worth it! And if you think reading in general isn't your thing, maybe it's because you haven't tried the fantasy genre out yet.

Here are some recommendations based on personal experience and stellar reviews:

1. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

https://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/12968705-the-final-empire

Brandon Sanderson is my personal favorite fantasy author, and I think this trilogy is the best place to start. Involving an eclectic crew trying to perform a heist to take over the Lord Ruler, this book has one of the best magic systems I've ever read, using the ingestion of metals to get powers.

2. The Kingkiller Chronicles Trilogy by Patrick Rothfuss

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2495567.The_Name_of_the_Wind

THE. WRITING. If you're still weary of fantasy, I think this may be a good start. The poetic writing and characterization in this novel are some of the best I've seen throughout any genre.

3. Song of Ice And Fire series by George R. R. Martin

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11264999-a-game-of-thrones

A lot of people complain that fantasy novels are hard to understand, and I get that. That's why, if you've watched this show, I'd recommend reading it, too. You already know the world well, so you won't be as confused when you read about the set-up. Also, there's a lot more internal dialogue by the characters in the book, so get to know your faves better by reading the books!

4. Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab

https://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/22055262-a-darker-shade-of-magic

This book series plays with alternative worlds and world jumping. I've never read this series, but I haven't heard any negative reviews about it!

5. Gentleman Bastard Series by Scott Lynch

https://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/29588376-the-lies-of-locke-lamora

In this book, we follow young thief Locke Lamora that has a questionable past and a gray mindset -- always a good set-up for a fantasy. Plus George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss blurbed it, so there's that.

6. The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19161852-the-fifth-season?ac=1&from_search=true

A lot of people complain that fantasy is written by old white men. Well, here's one that isn't! N.K. Jemisin is a fantastic female fantasy author with three Hugos, a Nebula Award, two Locus Awards, and a number of other honors under her belt! This one is high on my list of to-reads!

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