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Expectations for Summer Break Versus Reality

5 Expectations of summer vs. their harsh realities.

Expectations for Summer Break Versus Reality
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Everyone makes that perfect summer bucket list, or has certain expectations for summer break. But, every year some of those dreams will be crushed by the reality of them not being possible. But, it’s still nice to dream. Here are five expectations we all have versus the reality of the situation.

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There’s so many places to see and summer is the perfect time to explore the world. For a few months, you are completely free of school and it’s time to take full advantage of this opportunity.


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In reality, you’ll probably visit most places through your laptop screen within the comfort of your own home while watching Netflix. Once you start to binge watch, it’s impossible to stop.

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What is better than laying out on a beach every day of the summer? Nothing. The beach is the ideal place to spend your summer vacation so obviously you will aim to be there as often as possible.


Waking up too late to even bother

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But, most likely you will wake up after 11AM. At that point, by the time you get to the beach all the good sun will be gone. So, you’ve wasted the best hours of the day sleeping.

3. Hanging out with friends non-stop

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Being home for the summer means that you can spend 24/7 with your friends if you choose too. You can finally see your friends from high school and from your neighborhood and you can even plan some visits to your college friends.


Most of your friends spend their days and nights working

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But, then reality hits that everyone is trying to make some money during the summer. Making money means work and work means limited openings in their schedule. So, you may find that it’s hard to make plans when you or your friends are working most of the days and nights.

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Now is the time to enjoy your weekends while you still can. While you’re home you have an entirely different group of people to do crazy things with. Why not taking a trip into the city for a perfect Saturday night?


Having absolutely no funds to support these dreams

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Well, living large is quite difficult when you are completely broke or trying to conserve money. Any money you are making is probably spent on food or clothes and then the remainder goes into savings. So, having extra left over to go out with is rare.

5. Achieving the perfect tan

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The number one goal of the summer is to be tanner than you were the previous summer. So, going to the beach is a great way to achieve that goal, or even sitting in the sun in your backyard if you don’t live near a beach. The last resort option can be going to a tanning place in order to achieve your ideal shade of bronze.


Still feeling like winter outside when it's mid-May

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Your last resort option might be your only option if every summer begins like this one. It’s freezing out for May, and its upsetting for those of us that hope to sit in the sun and get some color. Hopefully it will warm up soon so that our expectations can match the reality.

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