Do’s and Don’ts: Summer vacation

By Mary Granath Posted June 2, 2010

Don’t plan out the whole summer- Summer is packed with fun times that will keep you busy but make sure you leave a little downtime to rejuvenate.

Do take a road trip- Even if it’s only out to Paradise or to Reno. Taking a road trip with your friends will leave you with lasting memories.

Do hang out with your ‘school’ friends- We all have acquaintances that we tend to only be friends with during the school year and when summer hits the friendship dissipates. Shake things up this summer by giving them a call and hanging out.

Do wear sunscreen- We’ve all heard it but try to actually put it into practice this summer. Skin cancer rates have rocketed in the past ten years so cover up!

Don’t spend all your time with electronics- Trust me, I know what it’s like to be in love with your iPod and the TV but don’t let that happen this summer. Take just a little time to enjoy the sun and get outdoors.

Don’t drive everywhere- We live in a small town and it’s easy to get around by simply walking. Do the environment a favor this summer and try to walk more than you drive.

Do get a summer job- Even if it’s just a part-time job at least you can be saving up some money. Having a job won’t ruin your summer but it will make your future a little more secure.

Do think about next year- If you’re going to be a senior start your college essays, if you’re going to be a junior start preparing for the hardest year of high school, and if you’re going to be a sophomore start networking so you’ll have a core group of friends.

Don’t be bummed out- If you’re parents insist on spending the whole summer here or if they force you to some godforsaken place you hate make the best of where you are. Summer can be fun for anyone, anywhere; you just have to go with the flow.

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