15 Must-Dos For Your Summer Bucket List

15 Must-Dos For Your Summer Bucket List

You're going to want to check all of these off of your list

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Summer is just around the corner so it's time to get out that pencil and paper and write out that bucket list, to make that easier here are 15 things you don't wanna leave out.

1. Strawberry picking

Everyone loves fresh strawberries! Strawberry picking can be an excuse for a cheap date, cute instagram post, or to just go pick out delicious berries for eating.

2. Visit the humane society

What's better than animals? Nothing! On sunny days consider going down to the human society to give some cute pups and kittens attention.

3. Go camping for a weekend at the lake

Grab some of your best buds and head for a weekend camping at the lake, bust out those catchy songs by the campire while waiting on smores.

4. Attend the county fair

Rides, Funnel cake, Cotton Candy, Live stock, Live music, what more could you want? Be sure and hit up your county fair for a guarenteed great time this summer.

5. Go stargazing

Wanting a more chill night by yourself, friends or with a significant other? Go grab some blankets, head outside and go stargazing.

6. Drive to a sunflower field

Another great instagram worthy post or cute date idea

7. NIght Swimming

Swimming is great, but it's 10 times better at night. If you haven't spent a few of your summer days in a pool or at the river past dark, you're not truly living.

8. Attend a concert/music festival

Summer is the perfect time for concerts

9. Watch a parade

10. Go paddleboarding

Take up a new hobby, try something new

11. Hit the backroads and cruise around

You can't beat the nice summer nights listening to country music with your bestfriend cruising down all the dirt roads

12. Sign up for a race/color run

Excerise, Colors, running for a good cause,another instagram worthy post, you can't beat that!

13. Tie-dye clothes/blankets/shoes

Tie dye is basically summer wardrobe, nothing looks better than it during the summer days

14. Take a trip to the local zoo

15. Go on a Museum Trip

Take an educationaln trip, explore, museums are always a classic go to on summer days

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40 Things To Do During Summer Vacation

Because we all know four months without college friends or classes is WAY too long.
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It's been less than a week since finals wrapped up at the University of Minnesota, and I, among many of my other friends, are already lost on things to do. Since January, our entire schedules have been filled with homework and studying. The new freedom summer brings provides endless time (in between our summer job shifts, of course) for new activities and things you wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to do during the school year. Below is a list of 40 different activities to keep you entertained during your break and to ensure you make the most of your summer.


1. Learn a new language.

I highly recommend starting with Duolingo. It's an app that provides free language tutoring through a series of activities and exercises. It offers a wide variety of languages such as Spanish, German, Greek, Swahili, among many others.

2. Volunteer.

There's an endless amount of volunteering opportunities offered throughout every major city in the country. For example, many hospitals will accept volunteers, as well as organizations in Minnesota such as Feed, My Starving Children, or the Ronald McDonald House. Most positions only require an application but be sure to check for minimum requirements such as age or experience.

3. Read a book.

Go to a library and wander until you find a book you think you'll like. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

4. Watch a TED talk.

This is one of my favorite hobbies any time of the year. TED is a nonprofit organization that shares short, approximately 15-minute videos ranging from science to business to global issues. There's a topic out there for everyone.

5. Start a garden.

Even if you don't have any outdoor space, succulents and cacti are very low maintenance and still add a little "green" to your indoor space.

6. Go camping.

Whether it's at a campground or in your backyard, enjoy the technology-free time with your family or friends.

7. Paint.

If you're not an artistic person, go to the store, buy a set of Crayola watercolors, and just paint.

8. Take an online course.

Coursera and edX both supply free online courses from top universities such as Yale, MIT, and Harvard. If you're trying to further your understanding of a particular topic such as physics or biology, I suggest starting with these websites.

9. Bake brownies or cookies.

Most stores stock up on the prepared cookie or brownie mixes, but if you have the time and ingredients, try making them from scratch.

10. Fly a kite.

Kites are available on Amazon for $10-$15, and instruction videos are available on YouTube to help you get started.

11. Play board games.

Life and Scrabble are my go-to's.

12. Make a scrapbook of old memories.

If you have the time and a little extra money, I promise the end-product will be worthwhile.

13. Start a journal.

You don't have to go buy the fancy Moleskin journals or buy an expensive one from Barnes and Noble, a simple notebook will do the trick. Write down your thoughts and document your summer.

14. Go to the beach.

Enjoy the sunshine, but don't forget sunscreen!

15. Go fishing.

Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and one of them is most likely within driving distance. Take the time on a nice, calm morning, and go fishing.

16. Binge-watch a TV show on Netflix.

"The Office," "Friends," "New Girl," "How I Met Your Mother," and "Grey's Anatomy" are good places to start.

17. Start a bucket list and cross off one item every week.

The items added don't have to be spectacular and nearly unattainable, they can be little things, too. In other words, I'm not expecting you to go skydiving, swim with sharks, and go on a cruise all in one month.

18. Learn to rock climb.

Both indoor and outdoor rock climbing are available depending on your level of comfort and experience. Remember to take every safety precaution and have fun.

19. Catch up with an old friend over coffee.

Call the friend you haven't seen in three years and ask to catch up over coffee. You never know how much their life has changed since last speaking with you.

20. Have a picnic.

Pack a basket with sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, and juice, and find a nice spot with a view. Maybe bring a book for a post-picnic activity.

21. Meditate or do yoga.

If you're unexperienced in both of these activities, many YouTube channels provide instructional videos. I'll post a link to one of my favorite YouTube yoga instructors here.

22. Learn a new instrument.

Whether it's piano, guitar, or even this $7.49 recorder from Amazon, try something new.

23. Discover new music.

Spotify and Pandora are great music platforms to discover different songs and artists. Keep checking your local venues and maybe attend a concert if possible.

24. Complete a puzzle.

You can buy puzzles online for around $10-$15. However, thrift stores and stores like Goodwill often sell them for less than $5.

25. Visit a museum.

The Science Museum of Minnesota and Minneapolis Institute of Art are two of the post popular museums in Minnesota. If you check their websites and other internet sources such as Groupon, you might be able to find a discount for admission.

26. Go to a comedy show.

I'm unaware of good comedy events around the country, but if you ever find yourself in downtown Minneapolis, check out Brave New Workshop.

27. Build a card tower.

If you're unsure how to do so, here is a link to instructions.

28. Reorganize and redecorate your room.

If you'd like a change in your life, try redecorating or reorganizing your room. Donate old clothes, books, or furniture no longer in use.

29. Marathon the entire Harry Potter series.

I challenge you to do this back-to-back with each movie, but I also realize that is 19 hours and 39 minutes of watching movies, not including snack or bathroom breaks.

30. Play with a pet.

It doesn't have to be your own. For a real adventure, check out the nearest animal shelter.

31. Start a blog.

Wordpress and Weebly are two online blogging websites that I highly suggest. Although it takes awhile to become accustomed to the platform, these websites are great because they're entirely customizable to the type of blog you wish to create.

32. Go for a bike ride.

Whether it's along the river or out on back roads, go for a ride.

33. Teach yourself how to juggle.

This might be easier said than done, but some videos on YouTube might be useful.

34. Take a bubble bath.

Some bubble bath or a bath bomb, music, and a good book will have you relaxed almost instantly.

35. Go to a farmer's market.

Support the farmers in your community and try buying local. With a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and flowers, there's something for everyone. The farmer's market in downtown Minneapolis is open Thursday's from 6am-6pm, while the Lyndale Market is open daily from 6am-1pm.


36. Exercise.

Go for a walk. Run. Bike. Do yoga. Play soccer. Just get up, and get moving.

37. Become a tourist in your own city.

Pretend you're from out of state and only have a limited amount of time to explore your city. Take yourself and your friends or family to the must-see places around town.

38. Color.

Adult coloring books have become an increasingly popular trend. Available online, Barnes and Noble, and Target, they're easily accessible. You can buy a book, some colored pencils or pens, and enjoy the relaxing day.

39. Spend time with your family and friends.

Whether it's a movie day or going out on a walk, put away your phone or laptop for a day and appreciate the people standing around you.

40. Enjoy all the time you have not worrying about studying or homework.

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6 Must-Have Items For Summer 2019

Your fashion guide for all things summer!

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Summer is upon us! Time to switch out those bulky sweaters and boots for bathing suits and cute summer dresses! Whether you are spending your summer at the beach, or have an internship of a lifetime, you have to take advantage of the latest summer fashion essentials. Here are 6 must-have items for this summer!

1. Knit Tanks & Tops

Although we are leaving our sweaters in the winter months, knit wear is making a comeback this summer. Knit tube tops and tanks are becoming a very popular fashion piece in 2019, and we're not mad about it.

2. Hair Scarves 

Hair scarves are the perfect accessory to spice up any outfit. This accessories creates such an effortless look and we're obsessed!

3. Basket Bags 

Woven basket bags are all the rage in 2019. Perfect for the beach or for a trip in the city, these bags are totally versatile (and cute too)!

4. High Waisted Bathing Suits

One of 2019's hottest summer trends is high waisted swimwear! Revolve, Hollister, and Forever21 have so many cute swimsuits that you have to get your hands on!

5. Puffy Sleeves

Although the 80's are far behind us, puffy sleeves are not! Blouses with puffy sleeves are making a huge comeback this summer and is definitely a staple piece for your summer wardrobe.

6. One Shoulder Shirts

This summer, you will definitely be seeing some cute one shoulder tanks and tees in stores. This asymmetrical look will keep you looking high fashion all summer long!

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