Finals are over and you (hopefully) passed your classes with flying colors and are probably trying to figure out what to do next. One of the best things about college is once you’re done with a semester, that’s it. How you spend your subsequent days is totally up to you and you alone; unless mom and dad say otherwise. But, what exactly is a college student supposed to do after three months of studies and stress?Here is a list to help give you some guidance on how to spend your summer days!1. Get outside in the Sunshine
- Summer means sun and after the harsh Laramie winter this is a wonderful thing. After spending so long in the dark gloom of the cloudy and chilly days, soak up some rays to bring yourself up out of that funk. Research suggests that getting daily amounts of sunshine helps to boost your mood as well as additional physical and mental health benefits. Not only does it help improve Vitamin D production, which is linked to physical and mental health improvement, but you can bronze your skin and restore the color you lost this winter.
2. Take a Summer class
- It may sound like the less desirable option, but summer classes can offer a lot for those willing to put in the work. A student can get caught up on their degree, get ahead and snag a few credits to lessen their load in the Fall semester, or even allow a student to experience something different without the commitment to a full semester course. If you decide to go this route, check out our previous post on how to make the most of summer classes.
3. Get a Summer Job or Internship
Summer offers a chance to snag a summer job to earn some extra pocket change or gain valuable job experience. Whether it is just flipping burgers at the local pool or something a little more prestigious like a paid internship in your degree field, a summer job is an amazing way to spend your time. Don’t know how to conduct yourself during an interview or have no idea where to find a position? Check out our previous posts about job search mistakes, questions to ask during an interview, and read up on some preemptive career moves to make before you graduate. Be sure to keep tabs on the College of Business portion of the UW Blog for more career tips!
4. Get Active, Get Healthy
- School is stressful enough, but finals week and the weeks getting there can mean that any weight management goes out the window to be replaced with energy drinks and “treat yourself” meals at Panda Express. That can lead to unwanted weight gain and an unhealthy body that can be difficult to change under normal circumstances. Fortunately, the summer months offer warm weather and the free time to get back into the shape you want. Here is a list of the 25 best fitness apps for 2016 as wells as the seasonal fruits and vegetables you can find during the summer. Losing weight can be difficult, but the hardest part is taking this first step.
5. Take up a new hobby
- You’ve got the time, so why not use it and learn something new? The beauty of hobbies is that they give a person permission to take a break from their lives. Some hobbies you can pick up include whittling, writing, painting, hiking, even coloring in an adult coloring book. The possibilities are limitless and only bound by what you like and what you don't.
6. Learn a new talent
- If you have the free time, you can also use it to pick up a new talent to show off to your friends once the semester starts up again. You can learn how to moonwalk, balance a soda can on your face while walking through an obstacle course, or even various accents! Then you can enter next semester's talent show and win fabulous prizes! Here is a list of 10 party tricks to impress your friends to get you started and be sure to check out r/LearnUselessTalents on Reddit.com for even more fun things to do!
7. Do. Absolutely. Nothing.
- You just passed a year of college, so take a break and rejuvenate. Catch up on that Netflix show you’ve been wanting to binge. Lay in bed all day and cuddle with your pet. Or, spend time with your family who you likely haven’t seen since starting University. Doing nothing after a semester of stress can help you prepare for the upcoming term and give you the ability to put your best foot forward. When the time comes, you will be able to get off to a strong start and ace those initial exams.