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It’s finally summer, the time of the year every hardworking student waits for. Internships, summer jobs, barbecues, and long beach days; summer is the time to make me these lasting memories. In retrospect that’s what we all want summer to be, but in reality not all our summers can be that perfect. With just a minimum wage job and no internship, I’ve found it’s been hard to keep myself busy. But, I’ve come up with a few ideas that have kept my –and hopefully your — summer worthwhile:

1. Learn Something New

Let’s face it, not every day during summer is going to memorable or interesting. So, instead of wasting the day away, learn something new! Have you ever wanted to learn how to cook or maybe play basketball? Then now is the perfect time to start! Take advantage of the free time to do something you’ve always wanted to do, but because of things like school and extracurricular activities, you never had the time to do until now. Starting isn’t all that difficult, it just takes dedication (e.g. I started to learn how to code out of sheer boredom and curiosity) and soon you’ll have gained a valuable new skill. And as an added plus: you won’t feel like you wasted your summer!

2. Do odd jobs

For those of you who don’t have a summer job or for those who just want extra money, this tip is perfect for you. Mowing lawns, painting houses, and helping people move all fall into this category. But finding odd jobs can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. Craigslist, friends, family, and neighbors are all going to be invaluable resources to finding an odd job. It might be difficult at first, but don’t stop trying and you’ll land your first lawn mowing gig in no time.

3. Apply for Scholarships

This might be the millionth time I’ve mentioned applying for scholarships, but summer is when you have the free time to actually do it. Some of the better scholarships usually require long essays, and who has time during the school year to write them? I know I didn’t. With all the free time you’ve got, applying for scholarships is a no brainer. They’re also very easy to find; a quick Google search will yield tons and tons of results.

4. Hit the Gym

Never has going to the gym been so popular! Usually I’m not one to follow trends, but if it’s good for my health, who am I to complain? Summer is the perfect time of the year to hit the treadmill and the weight room. Summer break gives you more than enough time to get fit. When summer’s over, if you’ve been able to stay consistent and eat healthy, you’ll be starting off the school year as a new person.

Summer is definitely a fun few months, but finding something to do to keep you preoccupied every second of every day can be complicated. I’ve given you a few options, and they’re good to consider if you want to keep the rest of your summer busy!

How do you plan on spending your summer?

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