You're going to read a thousand articles informing you of how you can be productive this summer and get ahead and succeed. Do an internship, get a job, volunteer, and take a summer class. Do it all.
I'm taking a step back though and assessing the situation. Do I really need a lighter course load next year? Do I really need to work that many hours? Does it really enhance my resume that much? The answer to all of those question is definitely yes.
But the question I'm focusing on is, do I need a break? And the answer to that is also yes. It's also the answer I'm honoring most, because it's what's going to make me happiest. This doesn't mean my summer is going to be a Netflix binge stuck in my parents' house, but it does mean I'm taking it easy and doing what I want to do.
I won't be working any job I don't enjoy. (Being a Flocker is awesome, so that stays). I won't be studying or taking classes. I won't be sitting in an office shredding paper in an effort to show how much experience I have to any future potential employer. Here's what I'll be doing instead:
Reading that book I've been wanting to read.
I'm not sure what that book is, but I'll find something.
Picnics in the woods.
With family, friends, my boyfriend - anyone really!
Camping (for five weeks).
There's something relaxing about the temporary separation from society that camping offers.
Campfire food and friends is probably my favorite combination.
This is relaxing too. There's a theme here.
Learning to cook is a great excuse to eat a lot. Not that I seriously needed an excuse.
Everywhere and anywhere please.
Live music is an awesome experience and I recommend it, whether it's a local event or Beyonce.
I've always wanted to get into yoga, and now's as good a time as any. It's a great way to find your inner peace and relax.
Hot summer days spent with friends, festival outfits, and hours of music are the best days.
I'm sure doing something traditionally productive will get you ahead of the game and all, but I'm choosing to take my summer back this year. I'm going to relax and come back re-energized and excited to learn. I'm going to focus on my own needs right now, and I recommend you take a moment (or summer) to do the same. You deserve it.