School’s Out! 4 Ways College Students Can Stay Busy

When summer rolls around, most students just want to sleep until noon and eat ice cream by the pool. The only problem is that those leisure activities get old after about a week, and then what is there to do? Plenty.

Finals are over. Classrooms are empty. Avoid melting your brain in front of the television with this list of ways to have fun and stay productive!

During the school year, schedules are hectic and time for just plain being lazy is limited. When summer rolls around, most students just want to sleep until noon and eat ice cream by the pool. The only problem is that those leisure activities get old after about a week, and then what is there to do? Plenty.

1. Get Dirty

How long has it been since you’ve had your hands in the dirt? Power down your iPad, turn off Pandora, and find something to plant. Maybe your elderly neighbor’s yard or flower bed is overgrown with weeds. Maybe yourΒ  Mom loves cooking with basil, but hasn’t had the time to start any this year. No matter how big or small the scale, purpose to grow something this summer. If it’s edible, even better. If you’re clueless, check out our posts on how to start a container garden in small spaces, how to create a rain garden, and how to share the growing of your own food.

2. Work For Free

If you just finished a semester-long unpaid internship, this probably doesn’t sound very glamorous. The difference about volunteering, however, is that you can spend your time really supporting a cause or organization you care about. Community gardens, summer camps, vacation Bible schools, libraries, farmers’ markets, public pools, and food co-ops all need help with day to day operations. It’s a great way to stay busy, get outside, help people, and make connections that could lead to a truly enjoyable job when school starts up again.

3. Read

I know, I know, it seems like school is one big required reading list, and all you want to do is relax. But maybe you’ve just forgotten what it was like to read for fun. Head on over to your local library (yeah, how long has it been since you were in there?!) and see what they’ve got on the fiction shelf. Pick something fun and entertaining, it doesn’t have to be life changing or intellectual. If you’re not into the library, try swapping books you’ve already read for books you want on TitleTrader, Swap.com, PaperbackSwap, or BookMooch. If you need ideas, see 30 Books Everyone Should Read Before They’re 30.

4. Go Ride A Bike

Who wants to go back to school looking 10 pounds heavier from all the late-night burgers and fries? No one. Start next year off with a bang by staying in shape over the summer. Bike riding not only provides a convenient and eco-friendly means of transportation (have you seen gas prices lately?), it’s also an easy workout. Think about searching for a bike organization in your area that offers regular group rides so you can connect with other cyclists and push yourself toward longer distances. You can also search for Bicycling Meetup Groups in your area.

What other suggestions do you have for students and or families who want to stay busy this summer? Share them in a comment!

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Written by Beth Buczynski

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