If you’re a freshman, chances are you’re going home for the summer, at least for a little bit. You may be excited to return to your old stomping grounds, see all of your high school friends, and do all of the extravagant relaxing you did last summer. You may, however, be a bit sad, frustrated, or annoyed by the idea of spending almost four months at home. You may be feeling a mix of it all.
Think about it. Over the course of the past eight months, we’ve been able to engage in a more independent life, hang out with our new friends whenever we want to, constantly have things to do and activities to be a part of, and not have anyone around to tell us what to do or when to do it. Going home, going back to parents’ rules—that changes all of those things.
No matter how “cool” your parents are (and I mean, I have pretty “cool” parents by most standards), you’re going to have to live under some confining rules. You might have a curfew. You’re probably going to have to get a job. You’ll have chores. You might have to share a car (after all, not everything is within walking distance at home). You won’t be able to see your college friends everyday. You won’t have clubs and classes and parties to enjoy. You will be spending a great deal of time with your family. Your life will be different.
After living in Bloomington, attending the wonderful Indiana University, and for the first time, shaping your own sense of what you want your life to be like--- and then to have to stop all of that—it’s hard to warm up to the idea of fourth months of summer at home.
If you’re getting ready to leave for college for the first time in the fall, you may be going through a similar experience, feeling intolerable amounts of excitement over gaining your independence in a few short months.
Well, here’s my challenge to all of you this summer—
Make the best out of the summer. Take some time to just work on you. Do your thing. And spend time with your family and friends. It may be your last summer at home, after all.
Here are my suggestions-
1) Make a list of all the things you haven’t had a chance to do, places you want to go, and hobbies you want to take up. Then start working on crossing off the items!
2) Go on a trip.
3) Volunteer with a cause you’re passionate about.
4) Enjoy nature. Bike. Walk. Hike. Camp. Swim. Rock climb. Play sports. Dance. Star gaze. Climb trees. Any or all of the above.
5) Make time for family and friends. Don’t constantly talk to them about how much you love IU; they probably want to talk about their years as well.
6) Keep in touch with your IU life. Check in on your friends, prep for next year, and maybe even visit B-town.
7) Find your go-to summer spot to relax.
8) Read a book you’ve never had the time to read before.
9) Get rid of all the stuff you don’t need from last year.
10) Reflect on your last school year and make some goals for the upcoming one!
Staying engaged will make the summer fly by much more smoothly, and before you know it, IU will be beckoning you home.
Have a safe and happy summer!