What to Do the Summer After High School but Before College

The summer between the end of high school and beginning of college can often be a student’s best. Think about it – you’re completely free. You’re not studying for the SAT or preparing to write your college essays like you were last year, nor are you doing anything related to your degree because you don’t know what you want to study yet. And that’s completely fine. Here are some words of advice for what you may want to consider doing with all your free time this summer:

 

 

  1. Find a Job – Many argue that the best part of college is being completely independent from your parents, but that might also mean being financially independent as well. Find a job so that you can pocket some extra spending money for small college expenses. The job doesn’t necessarily have to be related to your interest of study, so just find whatever you enjoy doing!

 

  1. Travel a Bit – After you finish up your subsequent years at college, you might find yourself with a summer internship that has a very strict employment contract and may not allow you to take time off. Take this summer to go somewhere that you’ve always wanted to go, whether it be tanning in the Caribbean or just road tripping with some buddies along the coast. Bring your friends and family to make it that much more memorable.

 

  1. Watch Some Movies – You’ll appreciate film that much more if you watch some classic movies that really spark your interest. Travel through the ups and downs of Andy Dufresne’s life in Shawshank Redemption or learn a few magic tricks from Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige.

 

  1. Read a Few Books – In college, rarely do students ever have the time to read some books for fun. You’ll read endless amounts of textbooks relating to everything from organic chemistry to microeconomics, so take this summer to read a book that a friend recommended to you – it might teach you something than a textbook never will.

 

  1. Spend Time with Friends and Family – This might be the last summer you’ll have with all of your friends and family together in one place. Who knows, maybe next year you’ll be interning at a law firm in New York or writing film scripts in LA. You’ll make new friends in college that will come into your life, so take this time to appreciate everyone who has helped you get to where you are today.

 

  1. Relax – Take it easy on yourself. You’ve worked tirelessly for the last four years in high school, so take a little mental break. Find a hobby that you enjoy doing or just go play basketball at the gym. Do whatever you want to do – you deserve it!

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