Congrats! You made it through the seemingly endless amount of work that junior year of college happily bestows on all of its attendees.
It was probably one of my hardest years of college academically, but I am proud to say that I made it out alive. After all the end-of-finals-week celebrations, I happily packed up my things and mentally prepared for a summer by the beach, with no plans bigger than what swimsuit I was going to sport for the next four months.
Ah... the joys of long college summer vacations.
About halfway through my packing, however, I came to the frightening realization that this summer vacation will be my last. For the past 16 years, all of us have been lucky enough to have a three to four month break between responsibilities to sleep-in, go to the beach, and stay out late whenever we want. Unfortunately, in a year from now, this luxury will be taken away forever, leaving us in the real world lost and confused.
Here are some tips on making the most of this final summer and getting over the scaries of senior year:
1. Work a job you actually like.
There's nothing worse than spending half of your summer at a dead-beat job that you hate going to every day. Yes, some of these jobs may make you a lot of money, but the reality is that you probably won't be working there in a year.
Use this last summer of freedom as an opportunity to work that part-time job that inspires you or is just plain fun to be at. It's probably one of the last lowkey jobs you will have; adulthood is coming.
2. Make time for all of your friends, even if this means traveling to see them.
Odds are, you will not be seeing most of the people from your college post-graduation. This is the last time you can do crazy stuff with them, without the constraints of a 9-5p.m. job. You have the time now, use it wisely!
3. With that said, get up before noon once in a while!
Yeah, I know it feels good to sleep in everyday, but honestly, that's just going to take away from the free time that summer vacations give you. Pick at least two days a week to go hiking early, take a trip into the city, or just enjoy a morning cup of coffee for the pure bliss of it.
You'll thank me later.
4. Get in that exercise routine you've been thinking about.
If you've been at it for a while, a routine will be much easier to maintain once your schedule fills up.
5. Visit your family.
Next year at this time, you could be relocating to a whole new state or country for a job that you thought you could only dream of having. Make use of this free time to travel and see those who have supported you throughout all these years of school.
6. Spend your money on experiences.
Concerts, road trips, food tours - anything you want. Just do something that gives you more value than buying a cute outfit for an overflow of insta-likes. Again, you will thank me later.
Finally, gear up for one of the best years of your college experience. I've heard its pretty rad.