Summer is the season of the year in which we, as college students, are able to break away from the busy schedules, course loads, and stress that the Fall and Spring semesters lay on us. We get to go back home for a few months, catching up with high school friends and blowing what little money we may have left on concerts and music festivals. These three months give us the breath of fresh air that we didn’t know we so desperately needed, and I believe it is so important to spend those days wisely.
Looking back on this past Spring semester, I realized that there are some things that I did, and did not do, that I usually love doing. I have loved photography my whole life, and yet I barely have any photos on my camera roll to show for myself. Painting is one of my favorite pastimes, but I did not once fill a blank canvas. School and outside commitments were the main reasons I was not able to pursue the things in my life that I loved most. Recently, I have been making a mental two-column list, with one side consisting of what I do in my everyday life, while the other side is filled with things that I genuinely enjoy doing. When the columns do not have anything in common, I know that it is time to change something in my daily routine.
With the free time I am so lucky to have this summer, I am going to spend it painting, listening to new music, going to yoga, and hanging out with the people that I am not usually able to be with while back at school. So, rather than spending your free time complaining about being bored, (we are all guilty of it…even as 20-somethings) make a mental list of things you love to do, no matter how little or big they are. We only have so many more summers of freetime spent in the comfort of your home before we need to enter the real world, where summer vacations are non-existent. Spend your free time wisely, because once it’s gone, it’s better to look back and know you did something worth your while.
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