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How to Spend Your Summer Before Freshmen Year

How to Spend Your Summer Before Freshmen Year

Congratulations, you did it! You roughed it through four possibly awkward, possibly tiresome, and hopefully meaningful years of high school. By this time you’ve already made your decision on where you’ll be heading in the fall and whether it be near or far, you’re probably feeling something between the lines of panic and complete excitement. However, despite the possible restlessness of wanting to (or perhaps not wanting to) start freshmen year of college as soon as possible, it’s important not to wish this actually very important summer away. Here’s why:

As a soon to be college senior, I’m constantly thinking back to points in my college career and wondering how I could have done things differently. Although I don’t regret too much, I do wish that I hadn’t spent the summer before freshmen year of college wasting away and waiting for the day that I could finally move into my new dormitory. And yes, normally summers are for resting, and considering you’ve just spent the last few weeks (still are spending) preparing for finals, finishing up senior projects, stressing about prom, and anticipating graduation, you’re probably exhausted. So by all means, take a rest, but also take into consideration that this summer is the best time to discover some great things about yourself before the impending stress that college and preparing for the real world take over. With this being said, use this intermediate time between graduating high school and starting college to solidify yourself before starting the next chapter in your life.

One of my biggest suggestions is to try new things. If you’ve wanted to learn an instrument, do it now. If you have an interest in photography? Start taking pictures! Like writing? Try out all of the genres! Finding something that motivates you separate from school, work, and your social life is one of the best things you can do for yourself, regardless of what it is or how good you are at it. By enjoying something and watching yourself improve at it, It allows you to achieve a stronger sense of self-efficacy. The reason why the summer before college is a crucial time for finding or strengthening this interest is because colleges offer a haven for interests. Whether it be classes, clubs, or lectures, you’re bound to meet people who share your interests as well as having a space to take this hobby to the next level with a multitude of resources and support. So use these months to enjoy your skills or find new things you love doing because it will pay off.

Another important thing to do before starting school is spending as much friends and family time as possible. No matter how annoying your family is, you’re going to miss them more than anything in the world once college starts, especially if you’re going far away from home. And you’re obviously going to miss your friends. When you’re away at college, no matter how great of a friend you are, keeping in touch is difficult. With school stressors and trying to make new friends, it’s easy to lose touch. This summer make sure to collect as many great memories as possible. Hang out with your dorky parents, make time for your grandparents, travel with friends, and most importantly, take millions of photos! You’ll thank yourself come autumn.

Last but not least, use this summer as a time for self-reflection. The past four years of high school shaped you as a person. Consider all of your accomplishments as well as your downfalls and piece together how they sculpted the person that you are today. Learn to appreciate everything that you learned in high school, and not just the lessons that you were taught in the classroom, because they’re going to truly help you adapt in college. The way you interacted with others, how you learned to deal with stress, and anything else that challenged you made you, well, you. And soon you’re going to deal with so many other things that will inevitably shape you even more. Use this summer as a moment to take a breather and recognize yourself before things start moving too quickly again.

So kick back, try new things, make time for friends and family, and recognize yourself because this summer might be one of the last summers before taking on a lot of responsibility. Most importantly, enjoy it and never wish for time to pass faster!

Netflix New Releases: June 2016

Netflix New Releases: June 2016

Netflix, the popular streaming website for movies and television shows, announced the June schedule for new content as well as content that will be removed from the site. Hopefully your favorite movie or TV show has been added to the list! Most of the list consists of movies/shows that aren’t well known, so here are the those that are well known that are coming this month. Happy streaming!

Netflix New Releases: June 2016

June 1

A Walk to Remember (2002)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park III (2001)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

June 2

Pretty Little Liars-Season 6

Beauty & the Beast-Season 3

June 7

Jarhead 3: The Seige (2016)

June 11

Scandal-Season 5

June 14

The League-Season 7

June 15

The Giver (2014)

June 16

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3

Being Mary Jane: Season 3

June 17

Orange is the New Black-Season 4

June 18

Grey’s Anatomy-Season 12

June 19

I am Thor (2015)

June 22

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

Spotlight (2015)

June 29

Life (2015)

Check out June 2016 New Releases for the full list.

What TV shows or movies are you must excited about? Tell us in the comments below!

 

How to Find Summertime Monday Motivation

During the summer, it can be so easy to be swept away without a care in the world, but we still can’t escape the Monday blues! You know that feeling of sadness mixed with anxiety that tomorrow is coming and you can’t do a thing about it? Some would assume that in the summertime as a college student, we have so much less to worry about. I often wonder if our parents have forgotten what it was like to be a college student. Having to take summer classes or finding a job are a few struggles we deal with that can ruin our summer break.

Lucky for you guys, I have a few tips that can help keep us sane this summer and help us remember that even though we may have work or classes to take- we still can enjoy our time off. Here’s how to find your summertime Monday Motivation!

Prepare and Plan Early

It is never too early to get ahead of the Monday blues. Sometimes getting a head start on the week can decrease the stress and anxiety of all the list of  things that need to be done.

Make Plans

When Monday comes back around, try to make plans with friends so you have something to look forward to. Going out to dinner with friends or grabbing drinks with coworkers after work can make Monday a little less unbearable and something that can get you through the day.

Positive Reinforcement

One thing that definitely helps me on Monday is simply wearing an outfit that makes me feel confident. Finding one thing that will change your mood, whether it is wearing favorite shirt or listening to an upbeat song can make more of a difference than you think.

Accept It

Sometimes I think we have such a negative view on Monday’s because of how we were raised. Why does Monday have to be so bad? It’s just another day in the week and it too shall pass! Before you know it Monday will go by, then Tuesday, then before we know it, it will be Friday and the weekend can begin. Simply changing how attitude can make the day go by faster as well.

If all else fails, there is nothing a cup of coffee can’t fix.

Monday Motivation- Coffee!

Comment below and tell me how you find Monday Motivation!

Bucket List for Summer of 2015

School’s out, it’s hot and you’re free. Wondering what to do with your summer? This is a bucket list of ideas for summer of 2015.

The Fair/ an Amusement Park

bucket list - AmusementPark

Throughout the summer a lot of towns have county and state fairs and most states have at least one amusement park. Either one would be a good opportunity to have a large group of friends go and enjoy. Ride rides, see entertainers and enjoy the company!

A Marathon

bucket list - marathon

Marathons are great for getting exercise and sometimes helping a cause. Aside from this, you could have a group of people go with you, friends or family. The good news is you don’t necessarily have to run or at least not run the whole way, you can walk.  If a marathon is too much, look into a local 5K.

A Concert

bucket list - concert

It’s summer and you’re young. What better way to enjoy your time than to go to a concert or a music festival. We’ve all got favorite bands or artists, so see if they’re touring this summer. Or just go to a festival to discover new music. Go with a group and enjoy the music. Lollapalooza is in late July and early august, this festival has a very diverse group of artists and bands. Vans Warped Tour is a travelling festival that goes through the summer, its includes a more underground group of artists and bands.

Art/ Museum

bucket list - art

Experience a little culture this summer and visit a museum, or an art gallery. In the summer a lot of places have art walks that you could participate in and see local art. A museum would give a little history, a little culture. Many places have either or both of these.  If you’ve already seen the local ones, you could travel and enjoy a day trip. A museum would be a good way to hang out with family or friends. An art walk or art showing would be a great first date idea.

Water!

bucket list - water

We know it’s hot, trust me, we know. Take a day trip, a weekend, a week, a month even, and go enjoy some water. Whether its the beach, a lake, or even just the pool in the backyard. Hanging out in the water is great for cooling off while still enjoying the heat. This would be a great way to spend some time with your family and catch up. Or grab some friends and relax. Or even just go hang out by yourself and read a book!

These are a couple of ideas to try out this summer. Enjoy your summer while it lasts!

Comment below if you have some more ideas for this summer’s bucket list.

Summer 2014 Pump Up Playlist

The 2014 spring semester has officially come to an end! Let’s just take a moment and let that sink in. if you’re reading this: Congratulations, you have officially survived finals week! *Takes deep breath, exhales stress* It’s safe to say the next couple of days we’re all going to be anxiously waiting for semester grades to be posted.

To the 2014 College Graduates: The day that you have been strenuously working towards has finally arrived; you have achieved a very important milestone in your life and this will be no doubt one of the most unforgettable moments of your life. All your hard work and dedication have paid off, and resulted in a college degree. All of us here would like to wish you best of luck as you embark on a new adventure and transition into the professional life. Congratulations grad, you’ve earned it.

Okay, okay, I’m done with all the sappy stuff. Let’s get back to the fun.

Who’s pumped up for summer? I know I am! Because I know many of you are heading back home or kicking off summer with a road trip to the beach, I decided to share with you the current playlist that my friends and I have been blasting through our open car windows. This fun summer playlist is full of quirky electric ballads that will have you tapping your toes and dancing in your seat