You're about to graduate from high school, and in August, you'll be at LSU. How do you spend your last summer before college and get the most out of it?
Experts agree that reading during your summers, especially the one before your freshman year, can produce noticeable benefits. It keeps your mind engaged and expands your horizons. Try finding a book about your new major or a historical figure you’re interested in. Although trendy page turners are great for the beach, try something a little bit more substantial to get used to the kind of reading you’ll be doing in your college classes.
Get Your Fill of Hometown Favorites
Unless you’re a Baton Rouge or Louisiana native, chances are you won’t be close enough to enjoy your local burger joint, neighborhood ice cream stand, or family’s home cooking at your leisure. Make sure you frequent your favorite places over the summer, because it might just have to hold you over until Thanksgiving break!
Your body and mind are like machines, and in order for them to function at top speed, you need to be well rested. Take your summer to find ample time to chill out and charge your batteries, so that when you get to campus you’re ready to hit the ground running!
Learn a New Skill
Summer break is the perfect time to learn a new skill! It could be related to what you want to study in college or something you’ve always been curious about. You could try learning a new language, how to fix your car, how to cook, how to paint, or how to play a new sport. All of these will introduce you to new experiences and people! If you’re interested, you could continue using your new skill in a campus organization or club!
Catch Up on Your Favorite Shows
You’re going to be pretty busy your first year of college, so the summer is a perfect time to catch up on your Netflix queue. If you’re not a TV person, the same can be said for movies or music! Take the time to catch the movie everyone’s talking about while it’s still in theaters, or you can see your favorite band on their summer tour!
Earn a Little Cash
Having a summer job is a great way to earn cash before you move into your residence hall. It’s always nice to have a little financial independence or be able to go out for dinner or a movie. If you can find an internship, this is a great way to add experience to your résumé!
Don’t Wait Until the Last Second
Make sure you send in all your transcripts, documents, forms, fees, and deposits in a timely fashion. The last thing you want during your relaxing summer break is a series of stressful incidents trying to get items turned in right before a deadline!