Some tips to make the most of your summer

Hailey Lanari, Staff Writer

The school year is finally coming to a close and it’s important that after this long and rather difficult school year we take this time to recharge and relax. Here are some ideas to make the most of your summer break: 

Fix your sleep schedule 

It’s not the most exciting thing, but so many of us have sacrificed sleep for school work and it’s time to make a healthy change. Remember that it’s recommended for teenagers to sleep 8 to 10 hours a night.

Start a project

Summer projects can be anything from starting a garden to writing to building something. Being able to do what you enjoy, while still making plans and goals, will make your time feel more rewarding and give you a bit of healthy structure.

Spend time outdoors

Even if you’re not going anywhere, getting outside is important. Summer break gives you the time to go outside and walk, swim, play sports, or even just sit outside and enjoy the weather. 

Make a ‘bucket list’ with your friends/family

Make a list of different activities you want to do, places you want to visit, and other ideas you have and complete the list with friends or family members. This is a more fun way to spend time with people rather than just “hanging out”.  

Read for fun

Now is a great time to read all the books you didn’t have time for this year. Try to branch out and find something new to enjoy. There are plenty of compiled reading lists online if you don’t already have books you’d like to read and the high school librarians, Ms. Speer and Mrs. Sherman, are always happy to give recommendations. 

Apply for an internship

Internships are great to add to your resume and to gain experience in your fields of interest. You can find internships through state politicians, online sites, and on the New York State Government website. 

Tour colleges

For the sophomores and juniors, now is a great time to visit nearby colleges you’re thinking of applying to. It’s important to see if you like the location and environment of your future school. 

Just relax

Of course, it’s great to have plans and projects, but it’s also important to rest and recharge after the school year. This year has had so much upheaval, change, inconsistencies, etc, and it’s time for us all to breathe and give ourselves a break.