Activities To Spice Your Summer Up

5 Things To Do Over Summer That Will Make It Your Best One Yet

If you're like me, you feel like there is an immense pressure to make your summer the best, most exciting, most Instagrammable one yet.

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Summer is not my favorite season. It's hot, I'm sweaty, there are kids everywhere, ew. But, it is nice to have a break off of school. I chose to do online classes over summer so I have the opportunity to go home and travel while still getting ahead academically. Here are some little things you can do to get out of the house and enjoy your summer.

1. Find new study spots.

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Most of us take summer classes if you're a college student. It is easier to get ahead, and online is usually a breeze. When I am home doing an online course, it can be very easy for me to fall into a habit of just staying home and working. To avoid this I try to find a new study spot every few days. I like to explore coffee shops in my hometown, maybe go sit by the ocean or the pool, go to the public library. It is easy to find places to study and it will get you out of the stay-at-home rut.

2. Workout outside.

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Every body is a beach body, but I just want mine to be better! So, I plan to keep working out when I am home for the summer. It can e a bit frustrating running on the treadmill and looking outside at the beautiful weather, not being able to enjoy it. Here's a simple fix, work out outside! The added heat will make you work harder and the scenery will be a nice change. Just make sure you are drinking enough water, listening to your body, and being safe.

3. Start a blog.

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Starting a personal blog was one of the best things I ever did. With the added free time, summer allows, pick your passion and blog about it! Someone out there is into the same stuff and would love to read your work. It is a great way to stay creative and vent to the world. It is something amazing when you finally publish your first post, knowing you are writing about what you love and sharing it with the world.

4. Volunteer.

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Just because you're out of high school (maybe) and don't have to volunteer for scholarship money any more doesn't mean you should stop. I see so many people just stop giving back to the community because it doesn't directly benefit them anymore, and that makes me sad. If you're going home for summer or staying in your college town, you live in both places and they both have areas and groups of people that need your help. Search the internet for organizations near you and find one you love. Make a difference.

5. Pick a new hobby.

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Picking a new hobby is a great way to stay creative and involved in an area of your life that is all yours. Having a hobby is a form of self-care. It allows you to focus on one thing that makes you happy. Finding a new hobby is a fun way to pass time over summer, and keep summer from being too boring by trying something new!

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33 Fun Indy 500 Facts to Share This Race Weekend

Learn more about one of the biggest Hoosier Traditions!
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This Race Day, brag a little about your knowledge of the biggest Hoosier tradition: the Indianapolis 500! Check out these 33 fun facts about the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

1. The Indy 500 is actually held in Speedway, Indiana; a town that was built around the IMS.

2. The 500 Festival Parade is the third biggest in the nation.

3. The first race was held in 1911 and was won at a speed of 74 mph.

4. If you lined all the hotdogs and bratwursts sold on race day at the track, it would wrap around 3 times.

5. The events leading up to the race--known as the 500 Festival--started in 1957 with a parade and a square dance gala.

6. It's known as the Brickyard; the track originally was made of hand-laid brick.

7. Rear-view mirrors started at the Indy 500 (Thanks, Ray Harroun!)

8. Danica Patrick is one of 9 women who have run the race, with the highest finish.

9. This year, Pippa Mann is the only woman running.

10. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is considered the largest sport venue in the world.

11. 200 is the magic number.

It takes 200 laps for racers to complete the 500 miles.

12. When in doubt--it's 33.

33 drivers, 33 directors, 33 princesses, 33 pace cars!

13. There are only 3 racers who have won the race 4 times.

14. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was founded by Carl Fisher.

15. The IMS opened with balloon races originally.

16. It is a tradition that the winner drinks a bottle of milk upon winning.

Thanks, Louis Meyer!

17. Each lap is 2.5 miles.

18. In 1981, it took around 5 months to declare a winner after a controversial finish.

Bobby Unser finished a whole 5 seconds before Mario Andretti, but due to a penalty they revoked his win and gave it to Andretti. Unser and his owner, Roger Penske, challenged the penalty and eventually, he regained the victory.

19. Originally, racers had to have an additional passenger--a ride-in mechanic.

20. Eddie Rickenbacker, the famous WWI pilot, raced the 500 four times and later purchased the track.

21. Jules Goux won in 1913 after chugging champagne at every pitstop.

In 1914, drinking and driving in the race was outlawed.

22. Winners get their faces sculpted onto the trophy.

23. The IMS is bigger than several famous landmarks, including the Coliseum, the Vatican City, and Churchill Downs, among others.

24. The track was almost sold to real estate developers in 1945.

25. There are only 4 sporting venues that are older than the IMS.

They are Old St. Andrews, Churchill Downs, the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and Saratoga Race Course.

26. Tickets to the Square Dance Gala, called the Governor's Ball, were $5 a couple.

27. Of 9 women, 6 countries are represented.

28. The Indy 500 is broadcast worldwide, in over 200 countries.

29. The fastest lap clocked is 237.498 mph.

30. In 1916, the race was intentionally shortened to 300 miles.

31. One winner actually ran 505 miles before winning.

Jacques Villeneuve drove to victory even after a two-lap penalty at the beginning of the race.

32. The youngest racer to ever win the 500 was Troy Ruttman at 22!

33. Alexander Rossi won the 100th running of the 500 in 2016--as a rookie.

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12 Ways To Save Money During The Summer When All You Want Is To Spend It

Saving is important year round, but it's most important in the summer

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Over the summer, everyone normally has more free time than during the year, and that means more time to spend more money. Saving money over the summer is important, not only so you can be prepared to pay for things in the future, but also so you can enjoy your summer and no be stressed about how much money you've spent. Saving money is something that should happen year round, but it's especially important to do in the summer.

1. Create a budget

Starting the summer off on the right foot is super important to stay on track throughout the rest of the summer. A budget is something that you should have year round, but it's important to adjust it for your summer plans.

2. And stick to it

Not only do you have to make a budget, but you have to stick to it. If you don't follow your budget, you're wasting time and money, and it's hard to keep on top of finances.

3. Take advantage of student discounts

During the summer, college students find themselves with a lot more free time than in the school year. When you're planning what to do with your extra time, make sure to look if the place offers student discounts or not. Why pay full price when you don't have to?

4. Don't always go out to eat

College students tend to spend time with their friends going out for food or for drinks, and that adds up fast. If you have friends over to cook dinner, it can be healthier and cheaper to do.

5. Sublet

If you have an apartment you're not going to be staying in, or need to stay in Columbus, it's beneficial both ways to sublet. Neither way do you have to pay full price on an apartment, and any discount, no matter how small, saves you money

6. Take day trips

Obviously, no one wants to stay in one place the whole summer, but travel is super expensive. By going on day trips you get to see more of the state or city, but you don't have to pay for lodging overnight. It's a good way to get out without eating into your budget.

7. Walk around

Columbus has great parks and trails that not enough people think about using when they're planning what they want to do. If you walk around outside, you can spend as much time you want there and you don't have to pay anything.

8. Split costs with friend

Do both of you need a Hulu and a Netflix account? Why not share the costs and the passwords with each other, so that you both can save some extra cash in the future. This doesn't just have to be with streaming services, but it can apply to food and parking costs as well.

9. Don't impulsively buy big items

Maybe you've worked a ton recently to start saving for summer, or you have graduation money flowing in. You feel like it doesn't matter how much you spend, but it does. If you hold off on those purchases, and you save your money, you'll be in a better spot financially at the end of the summer.

10. Get a job

The obvious one. If you're doing an unpaid internship or your normal job isn't offering you many hours, then getting a second job where you can work to have a little more money can help you achieve your savings goal.

11. Don't be too hard on yourself

The hardest part of setting goals is when you don't achieve them. Even if you haven't saved exactly as much as you wanted, making even a small change can help your financial wellbeing and can be enough to make small changes in the future.

12. Don't force yourself to make big changes

Everyone's saving tips to Millennials are to stop getting coffee every single day from places like Starbucks. While cutting down on spending in these ways will greatly help you save money, it's not the only thing that will help. There's no reason to make yourself miserable in order to follow the rules of someone else for a small change financially.

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