Making the Most of Summer

     Summer is right around the corner and students are excited to have a break from early morning classes and late night studying, but often times summer can be too long and become boring after a week or two. Keeping yourself entertained throughout the summer is easy and can be cheap, too,  with a little planning.

     One easy way to fill your schedule is to get a summer job or find a non-profit organization that you want to volunteer with. Not only will you keep busy, but both these choices look great on a job resume and college applications. Taking a job during the summer doesn’t take away from your study time and also gives a little extra cash for fun summer activities or things later in the school year. Season-dependent organizations such as lifeguarding contractors, rely on high school kids to work the busy season and can oftentimes be a relatively simple source of income.  With a few connections, it is possible to get a paid summer internship in a field that you may want to pursue later in life. These are fantastic because it allows you to experience the career field of your choice without having to get a degree. If you aren’t into some extra cash, volunteering is a more flexible way to spend your time and can help hundreds of people who are in need of some assistance. The Children’s Restoration Network and The Drake House are two strong non-profit organizations in our area that will always accept volunteers.

     Another great thing to do during the summer is a to get into personal health and fitness. Take the first couple weeks of summer to sit around, do some research and recover from the school year then grab a mate and hit the gym for a couple hours a day. Summer fitness will keep you in shape for poolside lounging and make you look great for the fall semester. For people who don’t know where to start and are afraid that the gym is too complicated, the Stronglifts 5×5 Program is a great starter workout plan that I would recommend to both guys and girls. The program also has an easy-to-use app for iPhone and Android which outlines day-to-day schedules. Gym memberships can vary in price, but as a beginner you’ll be able to get into fitness with a $10 per month membership at a local gym.

     As hard-working students, semesters often fly past us and when senior year rolls around, we haven’t done all the things we wanted to do in our area. Take the summer to go see the things you want to see while you live here. Your situation could change any day and you’ll be left regretting all the things you missed out on. Go downtown and check out the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world with over 100,000 sea creatures. While downtown, don’t forget to check out Centennial Olympic Park, site of the 1996 Olympic Games, the Martin Luther King Jr. National memorial and the World of Coca-Cola museum. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens are worth checking out if you’re into nature because it has the largest collection of species orchids in the United States, but if cities aren’t to your fancy, you can hike Indian Seats or backpack some of the Appalachian Trail with some friends.   

     Summer only comes around once a year, so do something you love, take some adventures and make the most of the break.

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