Try new things to stay busy during the summer

Madison Diemert
News Editor

With summer upon us and school far far behind, most students are excited to be able to relax and have some fun. But when I asked some of friends what they were doing this summer, most of them had no idea. Their answers were usually, “working,” or, “I don’t know.” Most of them even said that their summers were nothing but boring.
Sometimes, when we have so much free time on our hands, we have no idea what to do with it. We just get so used to always being on the go during the school year that when we’re finally given a few months to rest, we suddenly don’t know what to do.
Below is a list of a few things that you could do if you’re one of those people who are dreadfully bored during the summer months.

1) Take a summer class!

I know that the summer is supposed to be for students to relax, but sometimes taking a fun art or gym class during the first few summer months can also be relaxing. You don’t have to worry about any other classes and you get to do something you enjoy. It can also help students who are constantly busy slowly wind down and get used to a freer schedule.

2) Explore Mankato.

There are a ton of places that I have never been to, and I’ve only recently started going along with my friends. There are so many interesting coffee shops, antique stores, thrift stores, restaurants, etc. around the Mankato area.
Even St. Peter has some interesting places to visit, and it’s only about twenty minutes away. If you aren’t someone who likes to spend their time indoors, though, you can always visit Minneopa Falls. It is great fun to hike to the waterfall during the summer, and there is also a bison trail that visitors can drive through.

3) Start a new hobby.

Hobbies can be a lot of fun and can help create new memories and experiences that are invaluable. Some ideas are finding a new sport to play, learning a new instrument, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, or even trying your hand at photography. These are all hands-on activities that can keep you busy and happy during the summer.

4) Spend some time out in the sun.

Tanning, swimming, even reading can be a lot of fun in the warmth of summer and are all great ways to pass the time. Other things you could try are hiking, picnicking, or going on a simple walk. Just make sure to wear some sunscreen!

5) Binge watch a new series.

Netflix and Hulu are teaming with amazing shows to watch. Both streaming services are pretty cheap, and I’m sure as students our moms and dads already have one or the other. If you don’t necessarily like being out in the sun all the time, try hunting down a great new series to start watching. You can invite some friends too and have a movie night filled with popcorn and candy!
Trying out some of those things, or all of them, can help keep any student busy and far from boredom With something fun always in mind, you won’t ever have to worry about being bored during the summer again, and you surely always be busy. You can even carry most of those things with you into the next school semester, so if you ever need a break from studying, you can always turn to something fun and relaxing.

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