10 That Are Necessary For Your Summer Bucket List

10 That Are Necessary For Your Summer Bucket List

School is over, and it's time to soak up the sun and relax with your besties.

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Summer is here, and we can finally press on the breaks of the chaos school has caused us all. It's time to return home and get back to the life we knew before college. Although this sounds refreshing to be in a different environment, it can be hard to adjust from leaving your home and best friends from the past year. Despite that, you can still make this summer the best! You can still hang out with your school friends and rekindle relationships with your home friends!

The summer gives you lots of wiggle room for things to do and the list may seem endless, but here are just a few things to do to keep the summer fun and memorable:

1. Go to the beach.

If you live near the coast, this is easy for you! Be spontaneous, take a day trip or weekend trip with all your besties. We all need some sun, sand, and relaxation after all the handwork we put in at the end of the year. Plus, who doesn't love the beach? Acai bowls, surfer boys--it's always a good time!

2. Go to a local park. 

There are many parks or state parks near me and all over! Take you and your friends for a nature-filled adventure. You can go hiking and sightseeing in beautiful places you probably never knew existed. It also gives for great exercise.

3. Throw a party.

Although some parents may wish against this, it's a great way to reunite old friend groups. We all miss each other equally, and it's the easiest way to get us all together in one spot! We can share funny stories while we dance and make endless new memories together.

4. Go to festivals. 

Summer means infinite music festivals. Firefly and Lalapalooza are just two of the many concerts that occur. Although they can be a bit pricey, the money is worth the music and memories. It is also just cool to try once for the experience.

5. Go to the city. 

Every city has tons of activities or events to celebrate summer. Philly has Spruce Street Harbor where you can lounge in hammocks while enjoying mouth-watering ice cream all with a view. Plus, you can go on a fun shopping spree with all your friends.

6. Go to the movies.

I know it is summer and you should be enjoying the outdoors, but have you seen the line up of movies that are being released this summer? If you're a Disney fan like me, I would say you need to hit the movies at least three times this summer.

7. Go for a drive. 

Nothing beats blasting the music with all the windows down through a quiet windy road on a warm summer night. It is definitely when I am at my most content and really appreciate everything around me.

8. Visit your friends.

We all miss our school friends when we're home, but that doesn't mean we can't coordinate trips! If you live close enough, plan a day with them. Or if you have the money, fly to them and surprise them. Nothing can keep you apart!

9. Check off something on your bucket list.

We all have a bucket list with outrageous things we want to do. Find something that you think you are capable of achieving this summer and do it. If it is cliff jumping, find your closest park and do it! Be adventurous and do the most! You always want to live your life to the fullest!

10. Take a road trip. 

Get all your friends together, school, home, or both and go on a road trip. We all have places we want to visit and see that we can easily do with all of our friends. It would be a ride of a lifetime while creating funny new memories that you can all tell your kids one day when you're older. Don't forget to take lots of pictures!

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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The One Thing Everyone Should Do Before They Graduate

Why I wish everyone could have shared in my end of school adventure.

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The end of freshman year was filled with the abundant stress of final exams, teary-eyed goodbyes, and last looks at my dorm room on South Campus. The academic year was overwhelmingly busy, and I tried my best to soak in every single moment as a first-year college student. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not always possible to make time for the adventures we so desperately desire. I found myself saying "I want to do that!" all year long, and here it was the last week of the year and my bucket list had barely been touched. All those Philadelphia excursions, dreamy coffee shop dates, and campus explorations that I looked forward to never ended up panning out…

… until last Thursday night.

With about half the freshman class moved out of South Campus, everything felt a little strange. There was barely a dinner rush at all in Donahue Dining Hall, and my room looked so empty it almost made me sad. Naturally, I called up a couple of friends. Within minutes, we met in the lounge, and we were off for our adventure.

Every single day on the way to labs in Mendel Hall, I walked past the beloved Falvey Fountain. It had become such a consistent part of my routine that walking past it felt like it was a necessary daily occurrence. But this time, we didn't walk past. In fact, we stopped dead in our tracks and admired its color changing beauty for a brief moment.

And then we dove in!

Yes, we jumped right into the fountain. First the daring adventurer of the group, then his sidekick, then the skeptic, and finally myself. This was definitely not allowed, but no one was around, and more importantly, no one cared. Being knee deep was freezing, but the adrenaline rush was too much to suppress. So we submerged further, dunking each other and splashing the icy water literally everywhere. My wet hair made way for the most epic hair flip of all time, and we all laughed joyously.

All the stress of looming final grades and the completion of projects, the bittersweet goodbyes to our newfound families, and the hassles of packing up for the year were washed away in that fountain, drowned in the euphoria of the moment. We were officially baptized in summer as it dubbed us the kings and queens of adventure.

Afterward, we wrung out our soaking clothes and snapped a quick pic of our drenched selves. Trying to escape the scene hastily, I dropped my bag of M&M;'s. They spilled everywhere, leaving streams of melty chocolate and food coloring running through the aftermath of our fountain dive. The scene looked like a bit of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory had exploded from the fountain and into the night.

I am far from kidding when I say that adventure is a must for everyone, at any stage of life. Whether it's fountain diving at Nova, or sky diving in New Mexico, something about us as human beings needs the unusual, exciting, and even hazardous experiences. This one was particularly cleansing and absolutely unforgettable.

So I implore you: go forth this summer and be adventurous! Explore hidden places, try new eats, shuffle a stranger's playlist, introduce yourself to someone on a whim, or just get in the car and drive with no destination in mind. This summer is for the bold; this summer's for you.

Happy adventuring!

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