It just hit me like a ton of bricks: This time next week I will be back at school and my summer break will be a seemingly distant memory. Back to your college friends and your college routine. Dorm rooms and the dining hall. The school gym and coffee place on campus. Football games and tailgates. Parties and late night studying. It will all be here too soon and we will have to adjust seamlessly to what is quite a different life than the one we have been living these past few summer months.
Instead of thinking about school and preparing too much for it, I am more concerned with how I’m going to spend my last week of summer break. There’s too much to do and not enough time to spend with friends and family, but coming up with grand, detailed plans may just drive you insane and take up too much of your precious time. It is for these reasons that I bring you this list of things to do on your last week of summer break.
- Go outside and re-live the high school sports days
- Grab some SPF and head to the beach
- Set an alarm just in case you fall asleep at the beach (It’s painful)
- Pray to Mother Nature and ask for no rain and clear skies
- Go to the pool and play water basketball and other pool games like you did when you were younger
- Ignore the glares from the other people at the pool when they see a few college students splashing around and playing pool games like there’s professional scouts watching
- Tell your parents you’re bringing home dinner and go fishing
- Run to the store after four hours of telling yourself that you felt bites on the line and pick up some fish
- Stay away from being inside and watching movies or television—Netflix won’t be the lifesaver it was last year if you’ve seen everything already
- Do mischievous things with your friends
- Have bail money set aside
- Use your one phone call wisely
- Spend time with your parents and have a drink with them if they offer
- Maybe two, but it’s a slippery slope that you don’t want to go down so pace yourself
- Get in as many jabs and jokes on your siblings as possible
- Go outside and read the last enjoyable book you’ll get until next May
- Eat food that wasn’t prepared for anyone but yourself (The dining hall can get a little old after a while)
- Spend time with your pets because they are better than roommates
Before we know it, we will be talking about the things to do during the last week of school before summer break. Time flies, so cherish this week and realize that a lot can change from this summer to next so be grateful for everything and everyone around you.