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What Should You Do With Your Last Summer Before College?

After all of the standardized tests, college applications, scholarship essays, acceptance letters, prom and the commencement ceremony, you may be wondering what to do with yourself for the next three months. A huge burden is lifted off your shoulders and you have a new adventure to look forward to – college!

The summer before your freshman year can be a great time if you spend it wisely. So, what should you do? Work? Travel? Play video games? Spend the daylight hours sunbathing by the pool? All of these things have their appeal. I suggest you go for the combo!

Workin’ Hard for Your Money As your parents have probably mentioned a few dozen times by now – college is expensive! One of the best ways to spend your summer vacation is to work a part-time job and build up your savings account. Yes, savings! That is the key word. Don’t just think of your paychecks as the perfect opportunity for a shopping spree. You will really appreciate that money come mid-semester when you are experiencing what it’s truly like to be a poor college kid. Your summer job doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just try to find something that offers flexible hours and decent pay.

Just Wanna Have Fun Although working and saving are key, this summer might be you last chance to bond with your high school buddies. It’s hard to think about that now, but come August, many of the people you have come to know are going to head in different directions. Despite your efforts to keep in touch, many of your friends will be apart from you physically, and it is difficult to talk on a regular basis. It is also natural for people to change in college. You may find that after being apart, your high school friends don’t have that much in common with you anymore. That being said, you should take time to enjoy these warm summer days with your high school friends. Your summers from this point on may not be so carefree – you could be taking summer classes or completing an internship.

Get Outta Town Travel! In my opinion, if you’re going to have three months off, at least one road trip is in order. You could go to a music festival, make your way to the beach, go on a mountain adventure – the possibilities are endless! This is another reason why a job with flexible hours is important! Traveling doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think – it’s still possible to add some weight to your piggy bank. Camping can be an inexpensive choice – and you’re destined to have a memorable experience!

Put Others Before Yourself There’s nothing more honorable than volunteering and helping others. You can feel the rewards of doing something truly worthwhile and also have a blast! There are always opportunities to volunteer. Consider helping build a house with Habitat for Humanity, spending time with the elderly at a nursing home, or working as a candy striper at your local hospital. Do something that you can enjoy! Volunteering can also add an impressive line to your resume.

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