Unlike the blissful summers of childhood, summer for college students often times begins with a bucket list of overly ambitious tasks. However, once finals are over and dorm move-out is taken care of, it’s only too easy to feel overwhelmed by the sudden onset of free time. If you’ve fallen victim to a lazy summer routine, it’s not too late to revisit that summer to-do list and set to work! With only a few weeks left, here are some reachable goals to have accomplished by the beginning of next semester.
1. Read 30 minutes a day. At the beginning of the summer, you may have vowed to read ten books, but by now, it’s time to be realistic. Set aside a time each day solely devoted to reading. By the end of the summer, you will feel much more accomplished than you would with a stack of unread books.
2. Go for walks. Not only does it count as exercise, but walking thirty minutes a day has also been shown to improve overall mood.
3. Learn new recipes. Being home for the summer is always a nice break from college cuisine, but with no tests to study for, there’s never been a better time to expand your culinary repertoire.
4. Clean out your closet. If you’re never sure which clothes to pack for school, going through every item in your closet is a sure-fire way to trim down your wardrobe to the essentials.
5. Update your resumé. It’s a nagging task, but it has to be done.
6. Enjoy the sun. When February rolls around, you may regret afternoons spent inside.
7. Buy a disposable camera. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with dropping off a roll of film to be developed at a photo lab. Even though most people have moved on to camera phones, most drugstores still sell these modest reminders of a pre-smart phone world.
8. Spend a day with no phone or internet. If you have a day where you don’t have anyone to answer to, turn off your phone and computer— see if you have the willpower to relinquish a constant connection to friends, observe any differences you may feel without it.
9. Start a one-line-a-day journal. Chronicle Books published a five-year “memory book,” which allots enough room for up to a few sentences per day. If you can’t seem to find time for a full-fledged journal entry, starting a one-line-a-day journal is a simple way to keep up with what you did on any given date.
10. Have a picnic at sunset. Nothing beats watching a sunset over dinner with friends. With sunset not until after eight, there’s plenty of time to pack some food and drinks with a blanket and head to a nice outdoor area.
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