Well, the greatest time of the year is almost here. No, not Christmas, but summer vacation.  For many of us, finals are just around the corner and this upcoming week will be filled with energy drinks and long nights. However, after the long battle against final exams is over comes the long awaited summer. Most of us look forward to laying around doing nothing but breathing and eating all day, but why not make the most of it, even if you think you’re stuck in your home town.

Travel

I know what you’re thinking, Andrew, I’m so poor how can I afford to travel anywhere? Well your right, like most college kids we’re all more or less broke, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go on an awesome trip. Look for places to go or things to do that are free or cheap near you, cliff diving, hiking and camping with good friends and beer is going to be a lot time than catching up on sleep. Not a camper? No problem, utilize you and your friends relatives, chances are someone is bound to have an aunt, uncle, grandma,  third cousin, that lives somewhere cool and hey that’s at least a free bed for the night.

Work

I know, I know, we all just got done with a full year of classes and the last thing that any of us want to do is fill out job or internship applications. Listen, no one is saying you have to work 40 hours a week and have no life, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the real world really is just around the corner. The more experience you can put down, the more positions you have, the bigger your network, the better chance you have of landing that job you really want after graduation over anyone else, and hey going into the school year with some money in the bank isn’t too bad either.

Be Spontaneous

Most of us go into summer with high aspirations and huge plans, we then realize a few weeks in that they are either not going to happen or we already did them and they weren’t that great. That’s why my last suggestion is wide open, truth is we are all young dumb twenty year olds and for some of us this may be the last full summer of our lives.

If you take away anything take away the words of Tom Petty. “You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ’til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does…”