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Opinion

Summer Travels

The semester is almost over and summer is right around the corner. Soon we will all have three whole months to ourselves, and what we choose to do with all of that time is in our hands.

The average student's college schedule is jam-packed. A typical day is usually filled with responsibilities from the time their alarm goes off until the time their head hits the pillow many hours later. So three months away from the college lifestyle can truly seem like an eternity.

For some, it may even by somewhat hard to adjust to the endless possibilities regarding what to do their time. So this summer, why not make the most of the precious few months we are given and try something new?

Sleeping in every day, relaxing, and lounging around the pool all day sounds good (and very appealing) however traveling, learning something new or trying things you have never done before may turn out to be even better.

For some of us, this may be the last summer we have left of college, and for the rest, they are still limited. Soon enough summer may lose its magic; many will be forced to trade fun week nights with friends for early bed times and sitting on a beach with their toes in the sand each day for an office and computer screen.

I believe we should make the best of summer while we still can. Now is the time to be spontaneous, daring or adventurous. Have you always wanted to take a road trip to a desirable destination, join that weekly yoga class and develop a new hobby, or maybe volunteer your time to do something you love? Use the summer as your opportunity to do so.

I think that summer is a time to reward yourself for all of the hard work you do the rest of the year, there is plenty of time to be serious, responsible and reserved then; the summer is for you.

Just because you are having fun and trying new things does not mean you can't still be doing things your future self will thank you for. By taking the plunge this summer, you would be expanding your horizons as well as broadening your experience and knowledge.

There are some things a textbook simply cannot teach you, and getting out there and experiencing all the world has to offer may just be of more value than sitting in a classroom, and surely more than wasting the summer away sleeping or just being lazy beach bum.

Start being active, grab your bike or running shoes and explore the beauty of the nature trails New Jersey has to offer. Hop in your car and go on a road trip with friends, go visit a family member you have not seen in awhile, take a fun class and learn something new or even take the time to read that book you just never had the chance to.

This summer I hope that everyone will step outside their comfort zone and try something new, learn something they have always wanted to learn and or go somewhere they have always dreamed of.

By doing so, you are guaranteed to make the absolute most of the few free months given and have a summer you will never forget. So this summer, do not forget to get out there and make some real memories.

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Monmouth University
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