How to Have a Productive Summer
By Tatum B.
Are you tired of feeling like you did nothing during summer break?
While it differs from grade to grade and person to person, most people can feel like they did nothing productive when they go back to school or find that they’ve completely forgotten everything they learned in the previous year. Here are some things each grade level can do to stay productive.
- Help your parents out.
If your parents have a chore you can do, like folding towels, emptying the dishwasher, or cleaning off the stairwell, try to take it over for the summer!
- Start a project.
If you’re a creative person, you could make a collage of pictures. It could be a theme, like flowers or animals, or you could just take pictures of things you like and make a story out of them.
- Go to the library.
It’s a great idea to sign up for a reading program, or even just try to read one book a week.
See if a parent or other adult has a few hours to spare to take you somewhere to volunteer, like a pet shelter, church, or local soup kitchen. Giving back your community is always fun!
Middle school and high school:
- Start preparing for your next classes.
Are you taking a new foreign language? Did you have a hard time with math last year? Taking a look at the basics will help you immensely when you start a new or harder course. Taking summer school classes could also help your prepare and get ahead.
Volunteering, as mentioned above, is a great thing to start if you haven’t already. Not only is it an awesome way to help your community, but it also looks great on job or college applications.
- Get a job.
If you’re still in middle school, this doesn’t apply to you yet. Getting a job gives you a sense of responsibility and gives you some spending money!
- Work on college applications.
This can apply to you even if you’re still in middle school! Writing down important things you’ve done, including volunteering, will make college applications much easier once you get into your junior and senior years of high school, when you start applying for scholarships and colleges.
- Figure out what you want to do.
Do you want to go to college? Maybe you want to enter the army or join the workforce right out of high school. If you don’t want to go to college, remember there are many other choices for you to consider.
- Pick up a new hobby.
Learn how to cook or get involved with photography, knitting, or dance.
There are so many things you can do over the summer, but don’t forget to relax and enjoy your time off!