Summer Resolutions: Make It Time Well Spent

By Elaina Lin on May 28, 2013

“So how’s your summer going?”

Unless we are occupied with jobs or internships, chances are, we don’t have a stable agenda written up for each day of the summer break.

Of course, it’s a time to relax and enjoy ourselves as well as doing something proactive or work a job. Essentially, it’s important to have both. It’s always good to have a to-do list of some sort, or dare I say, perhaps a summer resolution.

I know, I know, we’ve all been through it before and some of us have not been close to even completing 92% of the things from last New Year’s resolution. Or perhaps we should set more realistic goals. But as the quote by Les Brown goes, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” I’d like to think of setting these goals, and the fact that I will at least try to complete some of it, if not all.


Here are some ideas for a PRODUCTIVE summer:

  1. Read a book. It’s an activity that simple, and reading opens up inspirations and is a way to pass time. Travelling to exotic countries may be costly and a hassle, but reading can really take you to another world as well.
  2. Get a summer job (or internship if you can). Most college students have expectations of having some sort of job during the summer. It provides a great experience and puts your mind in “work mode”, so that you don’t walk into class with your brain left at the beach.
  3. Pick up an old hobby or something of interest and develop your passion. During college, students are swamped by all the work and projects assigned and have little time to do activities they love. Have your ol’ guitar sitting in your room? Don’t let it pick up dust! Pick the guitar up and start creating music!
  4. Volunteer and do community service. What better way to devote your altruism to the community? Do some research and help out at your local hospital, library, or children’s welfare center.
  5. Preview/review your textbooks before the semester starts. It’s always good walking into class and not only knowing your stuff, but remembering it too.
  6. Exercise. Yeah, it’s difficult to hit the gym on any given day, especially during the hot summer days when we’re already relaxing comfortably indoors. But it’s also a great time to get in shape and stay fit. Work those muscles!
  7. Write. Write! Anything from poetry to short stories. Now’s the time where you can utilize your writing skills to your utmost passion and talent, other than showing ‘em off on your typical research papers and essays. Summer’s the perfect time to travel around and gain a little inspiration from here and there.

So how about it? Go grab a pen and starting making a list of things to do accomplish! Now you can call it a day.

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