9 Ways to Make the Most of your Summer Break

by Ayanna Jacobs-El

After the first week or so, summer break can feel endless and sometimes boring. Don’t get caught up in a vicious cycle of dreariness and Netflix binge-watching sessions. Summer vacation is a great couple of months to do a number of useful things, so check out our list, outlining some ideas for you!

1. Relax and rejuvenate.

After the stress of finals and school in general, summer is the perfect time to take care of yourself. That could mean anything from getting some extra hours of sleep, treating yourself to a massage, or spending some lazy days inside watching movies with friends or relaxing at a park. Check out these 20 ways you can tick the self-care box.

2. Learn a new skill or take up a new hobby.

Have you been telling yourself that you always wanted to start a new hobby or learn a new skill, but you just didn’t have enough time during the school year? Well, summer is a great time to try something new like pottery or watch some Lynda tutorials to learn a useful skill.

3. Do something related to your passion entirely for fun.

As a musician, a lot of my music related work is either related to school or an outside project. Most Berklee students don’t have nearly as much time as they would like to write music just for enjoyment. Over the summer, you usually will have a lot of extra time, which is perfect for letting your creativity flow.

4. Take a trip or explore your city.

Have you rarely ventured outside of your part of town? Is there a place that you have always wanted to visit? Your summer break is an awesome time to learn more about your hometown or take a vacation to a new and exciting location. Even if you stayed in Boston, I’m sure there are parts you haven’t seen. Take a look at this list of fun things to do in Boston.

5. Network with people who have your dream career.

It is always a great idea to get to know people who are working in your area of interest. Come up with a list of questions and ask them out to coffee to gain more insight into the career you are interested in. This is also a great way to build relationships and/or lead to potential jobs and internships.

6. Read books.

Books are a great way to get lost in other worlds or learn new information. A lot of time the only books a student will read are either a textbook or a novel that was assigned in class. Take some time this summer to read a book that you can get completely engrossed in or that covers a topic you want to learn more, or become knowledgeable, about. Have a gander at this summer reading list.

7. Volunteer.

Giving back to your community or helping those that are less fortunate is something everyone should do. Unfortunately, we students don’t have as much time to volunteer as we would like. This summer try to volunteer by doing activities like help out at your local homeless shelter, animal shelter, or tutor students in subjects you are comfortable in. Get started where ever you are with help from volunteermatch.org!

8. Get a summer job.

Not enough time to work during the school year? Find a summer job that is related to your area of interest or that you would have fun at to make some extra money. This is a great way to have extra money for the next school year or save up for a cool trip or some new music gear.

9. Spend time with friends and family.

You probably don’t get as much time to see some family members and friends as you would like. Make time to hang out with your parents and extended family members and reconnect with old friends. I’m sure that they will appreciate spending time with you and sharing what each of you has been up to!




About the Author

Ayanna Jacobs-El
Ayanna Jacobs-El is a composer, producer, songwriter, singer, alto and baritone saxophonist, and DJ dual majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production and Professional Music with a minor in Writing for TV and New Media. You can learn more about Ayanna and hear her music by visiting www.ayannajacobsel.com.