After a semester spent arduously attending classes, completing assignments, writing papers and studying for exams, weary college students want nothing more than to spend the summer months recovering mentally and physically.
As tempting as it is to want to spend the entire summer sleeping late, lying by the pool, catching up with friends and binge-watching Netflix, slacking off entirely is not an option. No one can afford to take three entire months off of life.
Some students will pursue internships or look for jobs and attempt to make a profit. Other students will help staff summer camps or participate in mission trips. Some will take vacations or spend time traveling. For some, graduating on time would not be possible without taking summer classes. Over-committing oneself is not advisable, but students should be conscious that these precious months are a valuable time period that should be taken advantage of.
Mental preparation is crucial and the summer months provide an opportunity to prepare for future semesters, or even the future as a whole. Use the time to consider which classes still need to be taken and how to tackle the upcoming semester. Don’t put off decisions that will affect the upcoming years.
Physical recovery is also important. Make time to work out. Avoid the fast-food drive-thru. Staying up into the wee hours of the morning and sleeping late may seem appealing at first. But readjusting to a schedule that includes 8 a.m. classes will make all those late nights regrettable. Use the summer months to develop a sleep schedule, and stick to it.
Summer is also an ideal time to save money. Avoid falling into a financial pit next semester by buying groceries instead of eating out for every meal. Make a budget and stick to it. Avoid going out every single night and only buy what is necessary. If you decide to splurge on something, make it a memorable activity.
Don’t forget to make time for the family. Even if spending the entire summer at home is out of the question, set aside a week or a few weekends to be with the people who matter the most. Enjoy their company while you still can.
Summer should be time to rest and recharge, but responsibility remains. Make the most of the heated summer months by staying on top of things and being proactive.