8 Ways to Make Summer School Feel Like a Vacation

Posted July 8, 2012

Summer school is a great way to get ahead in your studies and save money, but that doesn’t make it any easier to know your friends are vacationing and enjoying their time off from school. Even though going to class and taking tests can be a drag, you shouldn’t let it stand between you and your summer. Believe it or not, it is possible to have a good time in summer school and make it feel more like a vacation than a job. Here are eight ways to make your summer school experience exponentially more fun.

  1. Study by the pool

    Just because you’re in summer school doesn’t mean you can’t soak up the sun with your friends. Take a break from the chilly library and do your studying out by the pool. You can work on your tan and get school work done at the same time, but we advise keeping the computer far away from the water.

  2. Take mini vacations

    Summer school can take up a lot of your time, especially if you’re taking multiple classes each session. If your weekends are free, use this time to take mini vacations to visit friends and family. You can also check out the nearest beaches, lakes, rivers, or camping sites for a quick weekend getaway.

  3. Read for pleasure

    Summer and leisurely reading go hand in hand. It’s easy to get burned out by textbooks and assigned class readings, but if you really want to feel like you’re on vacation, you should curl up with a non-school related book. Read outside or create a cozy reading corner to make your quiet time even more relaxing.

  4. Reward yourself

    Summer is a time to kick back and indulge, and who said you can’t do this while in school? When you get a good grade, reward yourself with something fun. Get yourself those shoes you’ve always wanted, or go out for drinks with friends. Just do something that makes you happy.

  5. Explore your college town

    While you’re enrolled in summer school, go off-campus and explore the surrounding community. Check out local museums, parks, libraries, and memorials. Expanding your boundaries will give you a greater appreciation of your college town.

  6. Go out and have fun

    Summer nights in college are some of the best times ever. There are fewer students, lots of parties, and plenty of fun activities going on every day. With so many social opportunities happening around town, you may forget you’re even in school, but don’t!

  7. Take classes in subjects you love

    Give your brain a break from the same old boring topics and take classes you love this summer. If you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, take a foreign language course. If you need a wellness/PE credit, take a class in your favorite sport. No matter what class you take, it will count toward your total college credits.

  8. Sleep in

    If you time your classes just right, summer school can be great for catching up on some Z’s. You might as well sleep in till noon while you can, before the regular semester grind returns. The extra sleep will help you make it through class without falling asleep and leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated throughout the week.

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