May 6, 2020

It is crazy how fast this semester flew by. I cannot believe I will be starting my senior year in a few short months, feels like just yesterday I was learning where all of the buildings were on campus and how to navigate around Oxford. Even though this semester has been a little insane, I am thankful that I was able to finish out the semester, even if it was all online. I want to share my thoughts and advise to others to keep themselves occupied this summer.

Maintain a schedule

It is very important to try to maintain a daily schedule to create and keep a routine for yourself. Not having the stress of projects, homework and tests is nice, but if you do not create some type of routine in the summer it might cause you stress and you won’t feel as productive. Even a simple schedule like waking up by 9 a.m. and going for a walk by 12, then maybe completing an art project or cooking something. Making time each day dedicated to something in particular, will help your mental and physical health.

Find a hobby

There are thousands of hobbies out there and they can help relieve stress, you meet new people and you might find a hobby that brings out a hidden talent. Some popular hobbies include: creating a podcast, becoming a blogger, painting, cooking, sports, photography, the options are endless. You could even create a virtual club and the members can have meetings on zoom each week to dicuss a book or a fun recipe to cook. Particpating in a hobby or activity can help boost your self-confidence and keeps you connected with others who share that interest.

Sell old clothes and clean out your closet

The biggest challenge for many college students is finding a job this summer. Many businesses cancelled their internships or are not hiring right now, so it can be stressful thinking about how you will be able to make money. There are so many applications to buy and sell clothes on: Poshmark, Curtsy, Shopify, LetGo and so many more. Most of these are free of cost and are very easy to navigate. I have made a few hundred dollars in the past year from selling clothes and it helps you get rid of your old clothes. I dread cleaning out my closet, but being able to take a few pictures and post them onto these apps to sell takes less then 2 minutes. This is the perfect activity to do if you are in need of money and have clothes that are from high school that you still hold onto.

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