How to Have the Best Summer Before Senior Year

With all the photos and tweets from graduates, the next round of seniors are lost in the shuffle. After three years of hard work and dedication you have finally reached the top of school hierarchy again.

Is this really happening? What are you supposed to do next? Don’t fret; we’ve got you covered. Here’s five ways to make the most of the summer before your senior year.  

1. Relive Your Childhood

Saved By the Bell, All That, hell– even Spongebob. Go back and relive your younger days by watching your favorite old shows and enjoying a couple packs of Fun Dip. Who’s it hurting? In about a year you will be entering the “real” world, where all of this will become things of the past. Make the most of your disappearing youth and live it up!

2. Let Go of the Past

This is especially important when it comes to exes and old friends. Grudges are no fun for anyone. You’ve probably had your fair share of tears, anger and heartbreak the last few years, but it’s time to move on. Move one for no one other than yourself.  Through all the pain those people were put in your life for a reason and delivered a lesson. Find the lesson, cherish the memories and keep smiling. The best is yet to come. 

3. Try Something New

Summer is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby. Pottery, painting, kayaking, martial arts; anything you’ve been dying to try, now is the time. You’re about to enter one of the most stressful years of your life due to graduation requirements, grad school apps, and job searching. A new fun hobby is just what you need to take your mind off what’s coming next.

4. Network, Network, NETWORK

In between interning, those movie marathons and Pinterest projects, be sure to network your behind off with whoever presents an opportunity. The summer is a time to relax, but don’t completely abandon your future. Lots of professional organizations host special summer workshops and mixers, all it takes some research and (maybe) a little traveling. Update your resume and keep a copy with you at all times. You never know whom you may run into during that weekend road trip. 

5. Don’t Stress About Life After Graduation

Lastly, but most importantly stay calm. If you’re anything like us, then you’re prone to freak-outs when major life events are approaching.  Getting too caught up in the future is one of the most self-destructive behaviors for a senior, and the school year hasn’t even started.

All you’re thinking is “is this really the end?” You begin to cry reminiscing about your first day of college, your first frat party and that first all-nighter. Okay in a year you definitely won’t miss the all-nighters, but the “real” world can be a scary place. Interviews and bills…ugh who was wishing for college to be over again? You begin to question everything that’s about to happen and everything seems to be happening so fast. Stop. Breathe. Live in the moment. Unfortunately, the end is coming, but this ending is just a new beginning. Forget what’s coming next for a little while, get out there and dance!

Senior year brings some of the best memories yet. From final homecomings, to Greek Weeks, to finally knowing exactly where everything is on campus, nothing is better than this year coming next. Spend your summer preparing to enjoy everything that the next year will offer and step away from the classified ads.

Class of 2015, get ready for the time of your life! It’s your time to shine! And in the words of C.S. Lewis, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

Alexis Reliford

Contributor Major: Mass Communication Her heart belongs to: Magazines, Girl Scout Cookies, spring time, New York city and anything orange or cheetah print. You can find her: Sipping on heavily sugared coffee while writing on her blog or dancing in the mirror to Whitney Houston's greatest hits.

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