How to Not Have a Bummer Summer
Last month, I finished a busy summer school schedule. For several weeks, I was preparing presentations and doing homework on the weekends. I forgot what it was like to have a weekend off and not have any schoolwork to do. I now find myself wondering what I can do for the remainder of the summer with my college student budget and still have fun.
Here are a few ideas I have:
Read a Book
For many of us, reading a book for pleasure can be a difficult thing to do, given that most of us haven’t picked up a book since high school and we already spend time reading during the school semesters.
Start small by setting aside at least 10 minutes a day to read. If you find yourself struggling to focus, try listening to an audiobook. Whether it is nonfiction or purely for fun, reading is a great way to relax. Visit a library, find a genre that interests you and let your brain take a vacation!
Join a Team or Group
A wide variety of community groups are out there and they are a great way to get to know people in your community.
A few days ago, I participated in a kickball tournament that my church hosted. I had not played kickball since elementary school, and although we lost all of our games, I had so much fun!
There are a lot of organizations eager for new volunteers. Summer is a great time to try out these groups and see if they are something you may want to continue doing during the school year.
Breakfast and a Movie
Now, here’s an idea! This is different from the typical dinner and a movie, not to mention it’s less pricey.
Begin your day with your friends by eating breakfast together and going out to a movie. Breakfast prices tend to be cheaper than dinner, or you could try out your morning kitchen skills and make breakfast. Also, most movie theaters offer discounted rates in the mornings and early afternoons.
Take a Small Road Trip
We are blessed to live in Texas, a state that is so big and has so many things to do. Visit the coast or one of Texas’ major cities. Go biking or hiking at one of the state parks (lucky us, we have a state park in San Angelo).
Visit a zoo, attend an athletic or cultural event, or spend a day at an amusement park. I personally enjoy taking small trips to neighboring towns. I can learn about their history and visit their churches or museums. If you need ideas, simply pull out a map and find a place that interests you.
Oh, and don’t forget your student ID! Many places offer discounts for college students. It doesn’t hurt to try to save a few extra pennies.
Being on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. As a matter of fact, it simply means you get to be creative! After all, any memory is priceless. Regardless of what you choose to do, just be safe and enjoy the rest of the wonderful summer season!