When we think of summer break, we like to think of: Beaches! Roadtrips! Ice cream cones! Oh my! But for us college students it’s more like… Summer classes. Internships. Part-time jobs. Oh god.
Between the struggles of continuing to juggle classes and a job/internship, and the pressure to secure that coveted summer internship, it’s important to remember that summer is meant to be a break from your day-to-day life on campus during the school year. Chances are you have less homework, a little bit more free time and not to mention, a quiet campus.
Luckily, we have a few tips to keep you sane this summer break (if that’s really what you want to call it). Adapt these quick fixes to make your time on campus a bit more enjoyable.
- Eat many meals outside. Something about eating outside makes everything seem to slow down, especially when it includes a boozy drink. Plus, you’ll never have to wait for a seat on the patio at Peanut Barrel.
- Read, read, read. Create a bucket list of books you want to read (for pleasure!) and stick to it. Instead of creating FOMO (fear of missing out) for yourself by scrolling through the ‘gram all summer, pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read for a while. Pro tip: lay out a blanket next to the Red Cedar River.
- Go on a staycation. Take a mini day trip to any of our various Michigan beaches . Holland is less than 2 hours away!
- Give yourself a digital detox. Delete social media apps off your phone for a week to clear your brain. You’d be surprised how much you miss out on when you’re glued to your phone all day. You already know your friends are on some fabulous study abroad in Europe… Forget the fomo.
- Try something adventurous. Go on a hike, bike ride through campus, practice yoga or kayak down a river. There’s plenty to offer in the EL area. Take advantage of it!
- Visit the usually crowded areas of campus. Aka Brody Cafe, The Dairy Store and the Eat at State food truck. You’ll never wait in line for food during the summer months.
Don’t forget to slow down a bit this summer… Especially if it’s your last summer as a student, because you know, real life doesn’t include summer break.
Hannah Bullion is a junior professional writing major with an interest in all things new media. She hopes to flee the Midwest and pursue a career in fashion in New York City. She is also the social media director for MSU’s fashion and lifestyle publication, VIM Magazine, and an intern for the College of Arts & Letters. Keep up with her on Twitter (@hannahmbullion) and Instagram (@hannahbullion).