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I Don't Want To Waste My Summer, So I set goals

A bucket list of self-improvement.

I Don't Want To Waste My Summer, So I set goals
Nychele Kemper

This is not so much a bucket list as much as it is a set of goals I have set for myself. Because I want to improve my skills, and don't want to waste my summer or stagnate after college. Find inspiration below and choose your own areas in your life that you want to improve.

This summer I want to:

1. Make a good curry, or three.

I fell in love with curry in college and decided to learn how to make it myself. So far I have tried this Coconut Chickpea Curry (I added chicken because I am not vegetarian).

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2. Participate in NANOWRIMO.

November is the month that the annual NANOWRIMO takes place in. But school has always kept me from participating. This is why I want to participate in Camp NANOWRIMO in July for people that cannot participate in in November.

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3. Go on at least one overnight hiking/backpacking trip.

I have participated in several, all led by people much older than me. I want to get out there with a few friends and plan our own trip.


4. Continue learning Spanish.

I took two years in college and still remember a lot. But I want to keep it fresh and become more comfortable with using it. I am planning on using Rosetta Stone.

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5. Climb on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

I recently bought a punch pass for my local climbing gym. I have also reached out to some climbing buddies to try and get out on some real rock again.

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6. Write some poetry.

I really enjoy writing poetry, but I often forget about it as a medium to express myself.


7. Learn how to use charcoal pencils properly.

I can use them and draw/shade with them, but I know I am not doing it right.

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8. Sleep longer and more consistently.

College exacerbated my inconsistent sleep schedule and I am still overcoming the physical and mental consequences of not sleeping enough for 4.5 years. This website helps calculate sleep patterns.

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9. Start working off my student loans.

While I don't have to start paying for around five more months. If I start now, I will end up paying less in interest in the long run.

10. Learn how to hand made pasta.

I am not entirely sure what kind yet, but some type of ramen might be the easiest to make without a machine.


11. Act more fearless.

I have anxiety, and it often keeps me from doing things that I would otherwise want to do. So I want to do things in spite of my anxiety. I know that if I wait to not be anxious about things then I will never do anything.

Fearless Girl Statue by Kristen Visbal New YorkAnthony Quintano

This isn't your normal summer bucket list of drive-in movies, concerts, and swimming. While those things are all great experiences and I hope to do many fun and adventurous things this summer, I have chosen to focus on personal goals. The fun stuff will happen. The more tedious stuff may not. Set your goals, make them accomplishable and outside your normal comfort zone, then go and conquer the world.

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