A Guide To A Happy Summer Soul

A Guide To A Happy Summer Soul

Some tips about how to ensure your summer will not become a bummer.

First off, congratulations! We did it! We all made it through two semesters, another year of high school, or the painstaking hours of a job...and it's finally here. The three months of relaxation, happiness, warm weather, some good UV rays, and late nights. That's right -- summer is finally here.

However, if you don't do it right, your summer can quickly become a bummer.

Here are some tips to make sure that you enjoy your summer.

1. Friends

Most likely, a summer spent with friends is a summer well spent. Kick it with them at their place, on a road trip, in the woods, in the pool, at Chick-fil-a, or wherever. Summer is the time for you all to be together again and enjoy time spent together.

2. Safely Burn A Lot of Stuff

From the dawn of time, humans have bonded over fire. Through the ages, we have found friendship by gathering around a pit of burning material and singing kumbayah. So this summer, get all of last years notes, books, and whatever else you don't need and burn it. Just like toss all of it into the fire and laugh while your misery of the last year goes up in smoke. This event pairs well with s'mores.

3. Festivals and Concerts

I cannot stress this enough. Summer season is live outdoor music season. Whether you go to a huge festival like Coachella, Lollapalooza, or Firefly or just go and see little Billy preform his one man band experience in the park, get out there. Live it up and give little billy those devil horns and head banging he has dreamt of.

4. Sleep...a Lot

This one is just self explanatory, and honestly I don't want to Google "GIF of sleeping." That's just weird.

5. Watch The Sky

This one sounds super cryptic, but I promise it's not. When I say "watch the sky," I mean take a second from life and slow down. Admire the way the clouds float from one side to the other. Imagine what other people from around the world see at that moment. Just take a second and breathe in the world.

6. Stargaze

Very similar to the previous suggestion, but like, at night with stars and junk. Trust me -- it is very relaxing.

7. Sit On The Roof All Night

This is the best. Go out and sit on your roof. Just be careful because this is dangerous, and Odyssey does not condone any dangerous activity. (Just don't fall off, OK?)

8. Relax. Seriously.

First of all, I'm sorry for choosing opposite words to convey that header. My bad.

But for real, the key to summer success is relaxation. Don't worry about the problems of yesterday or tomorrow, just live in the moment. Enjoy time with friends, dance at festivals, and a deep breath while watching stars from your roof. Take time to do yourself because school is coming back in a few months, but no pressure.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Must-See Movies For Your Summer

Check out these movies in theaters soon!


I can't wait till these movies come out. Going to the movies during summer is a great escape from the heat, giving you a few hours in the air conditioning while enjoying a big tub of popcorn.

Here are a few movies to check out this summer when you want to cool down for a little while:

1. "The Lion King"

2. "Aladdin"

3. "The Hustle"

4. "Men in Black: International"

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