A little bit of summer’s what the whole year’s all about.

Finals are over, everything is all moved out of my dorm, and I am finally settling in at home. It’s officially summertime! Since I just finished my first year of college, summer is especially exciting to me right now. I’m able to spend time with family, hangout with friends, and visit all of my favorite spots. It’s been a stressful school year; between homework, community service, and my friends, I barely had time to think! It was an adjustment getting used to school, and I’m glad to relax in the familiarity of my home. I’m so happy to be back in my cozy room at home (no roommate or cinder block walls!), shower without flip-flops, and eat something other than Sodexo dining hall food.

This summer, I plan on maximizing my three months off. I made a bucket list of things I hope to achieve before I head back off to school come September. I want to read 50 books, go hiking at a local mountain, eat dinner at ten new restaurants in my hometown, and go to the beach as much as possible. I’m looking forward to my family vacation to a beach house that we rent out every year. It gets a bit crazy with all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins, but there’s no one I’d rather go with. I also am trying to get another job (I already work as a secretary now) to keep myself busy and earn extra cash…I never knew how much money I could spend until I looked at my bank account after a year at school. I also need to learn how to cook! Next year, I live in a townhouse with 9 other girls. We have a full kitchen, and I’m determined to make most of my meals at home. I’m asking my mom and grandmas for any recipes or advice they have…hopefully I don’t burn the house down. Last but not least, I’m going to make all new decorations for my dorm room. My townhouse also has two common rooms, so my housemates and I will need to get together and figure out how we will decorate those spaces too. If anyone has any tips for decorations, feel free to share! 

I’m so excited to see what this summer has in store for me. Hopefully it doesn’t fly by too fast! What about you all– do you have any special summer plans?