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How to Make the Most of the End of Summer


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As September looms, college girls everywhere are prepping to return to the daily grind of college life, and many girls are anticipating heading off to school for the very first time. Whether you’re pumped for school or dreading it, going to be a freshman or returning for your senior year, one thing remains the same: you’ve got to make the most of your summer break before it slips away!

I’ve got you covered: read on for my tips on how I plan to make the most of these precious few remaining weeks  (and how you can, too!)

Plan, Plan, Plan

Ugh, planning isn’t fun. Planning isn’t spontaneous. Planning isn’t the way to squeeze the laid back, juicy goodness out of the dog days of summer! Right? Well, the answer is yes and no: There’s no need to obsess over planning out every last hour of your remaining summer break, but if you don’t make at least a few plans in advance, you may end up doing nothing at all.

Some of the best memories you’ll make this summer require at least a little planning. If you want to go to that Taylor Swift concert, you need to order your tickets before they sell out! If you and your besties are planning a road trip, you need to ask you boss for a few days off from work. Camping? No one wants to arrive at the campsite and realize you’re missing some essentials due to lack of planning.

Like I said, you don’t have to schedule out every last minute of your summer, but taking a few moments each day to look ahead and do the necessary planning for your adventures will ensure that all your escapades come to fruition.

But Don’t Over-Plan…

Okay, I swear I’m not contradicting my first suggestion. As important as it is to plan, you can’t let any of your planning get in the way of real summer fun.

While some events require forethought, some of the best summer moments don’t involve any prepping at all. So give yourself permission to take on an up-for-anything attitude this August, and try not to turn down the chance to get out there and have fun.

Even if you’re tired from work, even if you’re broke, even if you don’t like everyone who’s going to the party, stop making excuses and get out there. You’ll be glad you did and, really, anything is better than wasting your last few days of freedom watching TV. You’ll have tons of time to get caught up with Pretty Little Liars online this fall, I promise!

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Finally, Soak it Up.

You can plan, or not plan. You can go to every party you get invited to, or only go to one. But what will really make the most difference during these last few weeks is how well you truly experience what you’re doing.

Be in the moment. Don’t worry about what you have to do the next day, or in the coming weeks. Don’t worry about what to name the photo album on Facebook. Try to focus on what is going on around you, right now at that very moment, and take some mental snapshots: remember how your friend’s laugh sounds, how the sun looks like it’s melting into the lake, how the fresh-cut grass feels in-between your toes.

Focusing on little sensations and committing them to memory will make everything you do in the next few weeks really worth it and memorable. The goal is to look back, come September, and not feel like you wasted a single moment.

So, what are you waiting for?

Get out there and soak up every last bit of summer that you can, before it’s too late! I know I will be! Leave us a comment and tell us what you plan to do, or come back in a few weeks and let us know what your favorite summer memory was.

Posted on on August 1, 2010 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , ,

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17 Responses to “How to Make the Most of the End of Summer”

  1. 1
    August 1st, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    i love this :]]]
    i had a major freak out (and a few tears!!) this morning when I realised my year abroad begins a month today and there’s still so much I want to do!!
    i am a notorious planner and with this comes a lack of spontaneity so I’m trying to avoid saying no to things while also making sure i fit everything in- most importantly going to see my friends while managing to work a few days a week to save my last few pennies!!
    summer can be long and very boring so i’m trying to make the most out of it!!
    great advice- i love how you’ve managed to keep it general and not too specific but relatable :]]]

    Charlotte xxx

  2. 2
    August 1st, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    those last paragraphs actually made me cry.
    brilliantly written!
    i’m spending my day at norway cup tomorrow, and i’m gonna really enjoy it :)

  3. 3
    August 1st, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I’m disturbed by all this end of summer talk. Some people are on the quarter system and we still have roughly 7 or 8 weeks of summer break left! I don’t go back to school until September 23rd and I’m ONLY half way through summer!

  4. 4
    August 1st, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    ugh, i agree with sara. the quarter system is terrible. while everyone is talking about how their summer is ending, we’re only halfway through classes. my last final is august 25th, which is the FIRST day of classes at the school where i did my undergrad. my first day of classes is sept. 22nd, so my “summer break” is actually the entire month of september.

  5. 5
    August 1st, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    How come none of your posts have anything to do with fashion? This is a fashion website and your posts have been about being at a party sober (not hard at all) or balancing friends (also not hard).

  6. 6
    August 1st, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Charlotte – Totally agree; I always plan too much and spontaneity is harder to come by for me!

    Sara – You’re lucky! I guess it’s always good to maximize what you have left of summer, though, right? I know it always passes me by waaay too fast!

    kd – Wow! Haven’t heard of a system like that before – only one month of break? That’s rough! You’ll probably graduate quickly, though, right? Or do you get a longer winter break?

    Katie – We like to mix it up, and Kaleigh covers college life-related topics for us. While 99% of what we cover is beauty and fashion, we like to throw different posts into the mix as well to keep things interesting!

  7. 7
    August 1st, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I’ll be going to UWO in september (noticed that you’re from there), very very excited for it! In August I plan to relax as much as I can between work and practising for my piano ARCT.

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    August 1st, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    yea, i’m taking classes this summer while interning with the OSU football team. there’s a week between when spring classes end and summer classes start (the first week of june), and then once summer classes are over (aug 25th) there’s a month long break until fall classes start (sept 22nd). its completely random. winter break is from roughly the middle of the 2nd week of december to the first monday after new year’s, usually the 2nd or 3rd of january. taking classes over the summer does speed up the process though, so i’ll hopefully be graduating soon. :-P

  9. 9
    August 1st, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I absolutely adore this post! You killed the topic perfectly. I’m very inspired now and really hope to seize the last few weeks before returning to my SENIOR year of college! Thanks!

  10. 10
    August 1st, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Ugh, summer is ending and I feel like I barely did anything. I work 9-5 Monday through Friday, which leaves me very tired in the evening. I try to spend a lot of time with my boyfriend over the summer because we go to different schools, and I’ve been so tired after work recently that I’ve actually fallen asleep on the couch a few times on our dates.
    Anyway, I still had things I wanted to do this summer but now I’m booked because of work and a family vacation! I don’t want to go with my family now because I feel like I’ll be wasting a week that I could be using to do everything else I want, like going to Hershey Park with my good friend and the beach with a group of friends. Is it bad to ditch my family? I’m considering going with them for a few days and then doing the other things I’d like to do before my summer’s up.

  11. 11
    August 2nd, 2010 at 1:51 am

    kd- You are lucky. I only get a week off in the beginning of summer before summer classes start and one and a half weeks at the end, not the whole month! We start the quarter on a Thursday (thus the “half” week). I go to University of California Santa Barbara.

  12. 12
    August 2nd, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Where I live, it’s summer all year round (and sometimes unbearable). But the part on being in the moment was useful. I tend to plan a lot and think about the plans for the following days. Especially now, since I’m busy even before I start college, I’m going to take your advice and do as many things and be at as many places as I can before college starts!

  13. 13
    August 2nd, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I’ll definitely will making the most of the end of my summer. It’s been a fantastic summer this year and these last 3 weeks before I head off to college are gonna be great. I want to see all the people I haven’t yet and say ‘bye and good luck in university’ properly and live it up the only way I know how!

  14. 14
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I have to agree with Liz- I feel like all I have done is work this summer. In order to do anything, I have to plan plan plan, which sometimes isn’t as fun. But hopefully, I will be able to use your fantastic tips Kaleigh and enjoy the rest of my summer :]

  15. 15
    August 2nd, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Nice post!

  16. 16
    August 8th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I am counting down the days until my internship is over! Next year I must find something related to my field of study to do over the summer.

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