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Monday, June 05, 2023

With only a few weeks left until the fall semester begins, students are either excited for the freedom of going back to school or disappointed that they’ve only completed one task on their summer-to-do-list.

If you’re like me and dreamed of adventures to the beach but instead slog yourself around at home with your pajamas on all day, you’re feeling pretty dejected at this point in the summer. What happened to all the summer-time illusions of sun-kissed copper skin and sporting shorts 24/7? If this is you, don’t fear. There are still a few weeks left and you can recuperate that summer spirit.

There are many practical little ways to turn a lazy morning/afternoon/evening into an unforgettable summer memory. For example, if you don’t feel like going out (or wasting money), you can invite a few close friends over to your place and have a listening party in your room. Just play an entire album on Spotify and discuss each song after it ends; what you liked about each song, what you didn’t, or whatever! The more summer-time memories you rack with people you love, or even alone, the happier you’ll be when you think about this summer in the future.

You don’t need to have a fancy outing and waste a lot of money, you don’t even need to change your pajamas—just do something besides moping around your house alone. I understand that some days are perfect for lying around lazily, but making it a habit isn’t a healthy as we’d like it to be. Spend time with friends, family and even pets. Invest some of your summer getting to know someone a little better. Finish reading that book you’ve been wanting to read. Or watching that t.v. series. Ride your bike around town with a friend. Listen to an album in your car late at night. Go swimming in the ocean, pool, pond, river. Try new flavors of ice-cream. Do something that scares you, because playing it safe and comfortable can reap a regretful reminder of a summer where you didn’t take a chance. 

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