It’s hardnotto be social during the school year. You’re in a building (or dorm) with a ton of people your age, your besties are usually just a few classrooms (or bedrooms) over, and breaks between classes are a steady flow of friendly greetings. So it’s only natural to feel like your world’s been tipped on its side once the semester ends! But if you’re down in the dumps about not having your pals by your side or you’re lost about what to do with all your free time, don’t worry. It’s easy to avoid the summertime panics. We swear.
Think of break as sunshine-drenched “me time.” Whether that means you’re slinging burgers tosave up for college, diving intoan internship, or training with yoursoccer team, those three sweet months between final exams and fall schedules are perfect for accomplishing things that are important toyou, not your teachers or professors. You have the opportunity to fully focus on setting your own goals and trying to reach them, so get something done while you can!
Besides the big picture objectives, you should also take a minute to think about the smaller things you’re interested in that don’t have a place in your daily school life. Maybe you love making pottery, but don’t have enough room in your jam-packed schedule to squeeze in a ceramics class. Perhaps you’ve been meaning to redesign yourTumblrfor months, but never got around to it. It’s easy to be bored when time is escaping you, but if you focus on something you’ve put on the backburner—whether it’spracticing the drums, learninghow to cook, orredecorating your roomon the cheap—you’ll walk away with a sense of personal fulfillment that’s way better than any A+.
As for friends? They aren’t as far away as you think. Even if your bestie went tosleepaway campand your other closest pal isalwayslifeguarding—or your college crew is scattered all across the country—all hope is not lost. You just need to stop dwelling on the fact thatyour groupisn’t intact!
Use summer as an opportunity to hang out with people you don’t see as often, and make plans throughout the week so you always have something cool on the horizon. Grabbing a slushie with that kid from math class or going to a movie with a new intern buddy are low-committal hangs, since the pressure isn’t on to spend hours and hours together. And, if you guys get along swimmingly, you might make anew BFF(who will last well beyond the summer) out of it.
And finally, remember that summer is a finite resource. Though it seems like the school year sched is going to repeat forever, in a few years, your life won’t come to a cataclysmic halt at the end of semester. In fact, you’ll likely be working through May. And June. And July. And even August. Crazy, right? So, soak up those rays (but, you know, wear sunscreen) and appreciate summer break for all it’s worth.