Summer In College Is For More Than Just Working

Don't Tell Your Bank Account, But Summer In College Is For More Than Just Working

No, you're never to hold to have fun in the summer.

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There should never be an age where you stop having fun in the summer.

The weather is nice, there are always things to do, and everyone is just naturally happier. So, regardless of whether you're 7 or 21, I'm talking to you.

During the year it can be hard to find a routine unless you are a very put together person.

Sadly, I am not. Even when I tell myself I'm going to eat healthily, work out, and stop procrastinating, I usually don't follow through with that. At school, I find myself in somewhat of a constant catch-up mode. When I feel like I'm ahead on my homework or studying, that usually means I'm behind on being healthy in other aspects of my life. That is why I love summer. It's a chance to reset the clock for a second and catch your breath.

I get that having an internship or working is important for your post-graduation life, but having fun is important for your college years too. When you get a job in the real world, summer is going to look a lot different for you. That is why it's best to take advantage of the time now. This doesn't mean turning down that work experience, it means doing things other than just working.

First things first — finding a hobby you enjoy that you don't do at school.

Pick it up for a little over the summer. Why not? For me, this is yoga. For whatever reason, I find myself too nervous to attend yoga classes at school. I have absolutely no reason to be anxious about doing something I like, but I am so I take the time to attend a few classes a week in the summer.

Secondly, try reading.

Before you make that look of disgust on your face, think about the last time you read a book of your choosing. If it was recently, then kudos to you for managing your time well enough to do that. If you are not that person, then hello! I am talking to you. I am not a fan of reading because I usually associate it with homework. However, I find that when I have the time to browse the book section of a store for a few seconds, I find multiple books that jump out at me. During the summer I take the opportunity to read a little here and there. The nice part of leisure reading over school reading is that there's no deadline. You can read what you want when you want to.

Finally, learn something new.

Again I usually associate learning with things that I am required to learn for my major. Learning something new that interests you is a different kind of rush. When I'm bored in class, I make bucket lists of little things I want to learn about. They can be big or small. One time I wanted to learn how to knit. Don't ask me why my 19-year-old self thought it would be sweet to sit on my porch in the summer knitting, but I did, and I'm kind of sad I didn't pursue that interest. When might I ever have time to learn how to knit again?

These might sound like quirky things to do, but you're young.

Make a bucket list and try to cross one thing off each weekend. If you're like me, then you're a little scared of growing up. Scared you won't be able to accomplish all the things you want to. But, the fact of the matter is no one is going to make you accomplish them but you. So, take some initiative and do them. Summer is for more than just working; it's time to live a little and reset the clock.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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10 Of The Cheapest Insta-Worthy Places To Travel This Summer

All right in the U.S.!

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Everyone wants to travel this summer, but where can you go without spending too much? These are some of the cheapest locations in the United States that you can go where I still feel there is plenty to do to have a good vacation. For other ways to spend less on a vacation, check out this article.

1. Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful places in the United States, and luckily for us, it isn't that expensive of a trip. There are plenty of hotels and Airbnbs in the area. So the most expensive part is getting there, depending on where you are coming from.

2. Glacier National Park

As you can see from the picture, this national park is absolutely breathtaking. If you are up to an outdoor adventure, this is definitely a great place to go.

3. Williamsburg

It is a beautiful yet newer historical town. It is ranked the best place to go in Virginia. Also, if you like amusement parks, Bush Gardens is there!

4. Portland

Not only is it a beautiful city, it is great for foodies! There are plenty of beautiful parks and museums.

5. San Antonio

Possibly the most beautiful place in Texas. There are many great eateries, parks, and historical sites like the Alamo.

6. New Orleans

From WWII museums to all the art and culture the city is known for, there is so much to do! You can visit Studio B or Mardi Gras World and many other exciting places.

7. Memphis

Go and visit the birthplace of rock n' roll at Sun Studios and all the other music places! If you love music history, this is definitely a city for you! You can also go and see the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum.

8. Sequoia National Park

If you love hiking and nature, you should visit these wonderfully large trees. They are incredible. You can also go to Moro rock to get a wonderful view. The best part is, it is FREE!

9. Colorado Springs

From the Olympic training center to the pure beauty of nature, there is plenty to see in Colorado Springs. You can go see the red rocks or explore the city. And while you are there, stop by the U.S. Air Force Academy.

10.  Salt Lake City

Obviously, you know about the Great Salt Lake, but there are a bunch of other things to see here. A few things are Temple Square, the Museum of Fine Arts, and all the gardens they have.

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