Ideas for Summer Break


If you don't like/want to/or aren't going to work this summer, you may be wondering what you are going to do with those 12-16 weeks off from classes that you have. There are many different ways you can stave off boredom during the summer, I'm going to discuss a few of them to give you some ideas.

  1. Go on a cross country road trip. It may take some planning (and some patience) but road tripping around the USA is a surefire way to stave off boredom. Not only will you find and explore new places, you'll get new experiences, meet new people, and learn how to live near your best friend or family for long periods of time.


  2. Spend a few weeks with family in another state (or country). Now this option is really for those who enjoy spending time with their family as not all of us do. Spending time with your family is a good way to get out of your hometown for at least a few days.
  3. Learn a language/idea/new talent. Lot's of places and websites offer ways to learn a new skill (like coding) or a language (french) in a relatively short amount of time. Dedicating yourself to learning a new skill/language over the summer will not only help you keep from being bored but can help you in some of your classes come fall.
  4. Go to a summer festival. Lollapalooza, Coachella, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, and Burning Man all occur during the summer months and are lots of fun (if you can get tickets). There are also a ton of other smaller festivals that have lots of good music and things to do during them. Try to find and listen to at least three bands you have never heard of before and see what you can find!
  5. Take a class at your university. We may have already covered the pros and cons of this in a previous article but the option is worth mentioning again.
  6. Work. Get a job in retail, coffee shop, as a secretary, or if you can find a last minute paid internship in your field any experience (and moolah) is a plus during the summer when it comes time to pay for all of those expensive textbooks and school supplies.

I hope you have lots options for things to do this summer! Feel free to suggest more options in the comments below!