55 Things To Add To Your Summer Bucket List

55 Things To Add To Your Summer Bucket List

Summer isn't a time to stress out about college. It's a time to celebrate all that summer has to offer.

Summer is for going back home and reconnecting with your hometown. It's for seeing your high school friends, family, and reminding yourself of your roots. Summer is when you discover how much you've changed in the past year when you were at college, but also discover the parts about yourself that didn't change.

Most college students work during the summer because life is expensive and money is important. However, college students shouldn't be working everyday of their summer. They have their whole life to work and worry about things. The summer should be for a time of distressing, having fun, and taking time to better one self. So please don't overwork yourself and take at least one day a week to do something fun. Below is a list of simple but exciting things to do during the summer.

1. Go camping

2. Go to the beach

3. Make a bonfire

4. Make s'mores

5. Have a backyard BBQ

6. Have a sleepover with all of your high school friends

7. Don't forget to spend time with your parents, they miss you when you are at college

8. Go to the lake

9. Go on a boat

10. Go tubbing or try jet-skiing

11. Go on a hike

12. Make a recipe from online or just an old family recipe

13. Go out for ice cream

14. Pull an all-nighter, at least once

15. Go on a road-trip

16. Throw a pool party or go to one

17. FaceTime your college friends and tell them you miss them

18. Make dinner for your family

19. Go for a late night drive

20. Blare music in your car with the windows down

21. Have a lazy night, binge watch all those movies

22. Watch a new Netflix series

23. Laugh so hard you cry

24. Be spontaneous, do something random with friends in your hometown

25. Go back to the hang out spot of your high school, the memories will make you smile

26. Go to a concert

27. Try to travel outside of the country if you can

28. Play a board game

29. Try a new restaurant

30. Go to your states "downtown"

31. Go for a late night swim

32. Go on a shopping spree-sometimes we all need one

33. Bake a cake and celebrate something random with friends

34. Go to a sporting event

35. Wake up for the sunrise

36. Go for a walk during the sunset

37. Tell your favorite high school teacher thank you

38. Go for a run around town

39. Go to trivia with friends

40. Try karaoke

41. Grow a plant

42. Go to a museum

43. Make a tie dye shirt

44. Go kayaking

45. Do some kind of community service

46. Celebrate the Fourth of July- a parade, wave the American flag, you name it

47. Have a photoshoot

48. Buy a touristy thing from your home state if you go to college far away, you will smile when you are homesick

49. Go for a bike ride

50. Have a water balloon fight

51. Play twister with paint

52. Dress up with friends and go somewhere fancy

53. Go out to brunch

54. Go to your friends houses, say hi to their parents, they missed you and you missed them

55. Appreciate the art of summer and do whatever you want to do, it's your summer, your time to not worry

College can be stressful and the summer is our only time to not be as stressed out as we are during the school year. Don't forget to celebrate summer and all it has to offer.

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Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

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College Can Be Difficult, But Trust Yourself, Girl

Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.


I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

I decided that it was time for me to allow myself to fully, undeniably be me. I wanted to start doing the little things I enjoy again like working out, taking pictures, and simply just going out to do anything. I started forcing myself to take any opportunity that came my way, and it helped. One of the things that brought me so much joy was kickboxing – talk about therapeutic, people! Kickboxing at least three times a week helped my mood shift so much, and it was a start to seeing me again. I am so blessed with friends who would come over at, literally, any time of the day. Spending time with them helped me more than they could ever know. We did anything from just hanging out in my living room to splurging on a fun dinner. Through everything that I was doing daily, I was learning how to rely on myself. Looking back now, I have never really had to know what it felt like to rely mainly on myself. I did get so much help from my family and friends, but what good could their help do if I didn't want to help myself first?

Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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