….and I am bored. This always seems to happen to me. I get all excited about the prospect of doing absolutely nothing, after weeks of running around studying for crazy hard finals. Then it finally gets here, I enjoy it for about a week, and then comes the boredom. Let me clarify, when I say bored, I mean laying around the house, walking aimlessly around the house, staring at a wall for a little bit, bored. Out of my mind bored.
So for those of you who are also staring at walls over the summer, try these things to help ease the boredom….
- Get a part-time job. I know, I know, I’m sorry! It definitely helps, though! It gives you something to do to pass the time, you’ll still have plenty of time to do fun stuff, and I promise you’ll like it once the money starts to roll in. Don’t forget to save up a little of that money, though, so you can use it once school starts.
- Take summer classes. Again, I’m sorry. I feel your pain. I’ll be starting Organic Chemistry, Biology, and Medical Terminology in about two weeks, and while I definitely wouldn’t recommend taking the amount I’m taking, one or two summer classes are definitely worth it. For those of you looking to get out of college as quickly as possible to go to grad school, etc., it can definitely help you achieve that goal. It’s also really nice to take a few over the summer to give yourself some extra time in case you want to change your major, so you won’t end up like me having to take a crazy amount of classes over the summer just to graduate a year late….changed my major 5 times….
- Use the time to start a new hobby. Throw yourself into some project or hobby you don’t usually have the time to do. I started blogging, something I’ve always wanted to do, and it has been incredibly rewarding. If you already have a blog or blogging isn’t your thing, try something else you’ve always wanted to do like photography, crocheting, drawing, beating the high score on whatever video game you spend most of your time already on, etc.
- Travel! Probably the most exciting option. Use the time to study abroad. There are scholarships available to lower the cost. Just go to your guidance counselor and discuss your options. Plan a trip with your friends to the beach. Splitting gas money and a hotel room can definitely ease the cost. If you don’t have the money to go somewhere far away, explore what’s near you. Go somewhere you haven’t before like a park or amusement park.
- Sign up for a gym. Last summer, I signed up for a gym with my friends, and it was an incredibly great decision. For one, I was able to get a little healthier which is always a good thing. Plus, I had a support system there with me, and we were able to hang out after. If you don’t want to join a gym, you can also jog outside to get outside and enjoy nature.
- Volunteer. Summer is a great time to explore new majors and job opportunities. If you’re about to go into college or are still not sure about your major, try volunteering somewhere close to the major you’re thinking about. Volunteer at a hospital, vet office, lawyer’s office, etc. You might find that you really like it….or maybe you want to explore other options. Regardless, volunteering definitely looks good on applications, and you get to help people in the process!
- Just walk outside. Don’t spend all your time inside! Grab that book you never had time to read and go sit outside and read it. Grab some sunscreen and get to tanning (don’t forget the sunscreen!). Take a walk and enjoy all the sounds and sights of summer!
So go get out of the house and enjoy your summer!!! If you have any more ideas or just want to share what you’re doing this summer, leave it in the comments section.