When you hear the word “summer,” we’re sure that these are things you will first think of—the heat, the beach, and the amount of time you’ll spend at home. But you don’t have to limit yourself to those things. Summer is the perfect time to engage in various activities that may help you grow and learn.
1. Travel with your Family and/or Friends
Traveling with your loved ones helps you strengthen your bond with them. It also makes you smarter by having first-hand experience of other cultures and a new perspective on life. Travelling alone, even if just to the nearest town, will teach you to be self-reliant and more responsible.
2. Attend Workshops/Classes
There is a wide variety of summer workshops/classes. You can learn how to paint, draw, write poems or short stories, bake, cook, act, sing, dance, anything you can think of! You just have to do your research in finding the workshop that suits your interests. No budget for classes? No problem! You can still start learning a new skill by watching videos from YouTube and similar channels. There are thousands of tutorial videos posted on the internet which are basically free as long as you have a stable internet connection! If you really want to learn, nothing or no one can stop you.
Why not do something that not only benefits yourself, but also the society? Volunteer! Donate your time to organizations or foundations that have advocacies that match your own. You can help teach unprivileged children. You can help save our environment. You can also help fight for the rights of the minorities. You will learn that you matter and that you can make a change. You will learn how to be selfless.
4. Make Money
People say that there’s no such thing as extra cash because we always need money! Engage in income-generating activities to save up for the rainy days and for that pair of shoes or that special-edition book that you have been dreaming of over the past months. Make up for all the money that you have spent for travel, workshops, and new-found hobby. You may send your resume to government offices that offer summer jobs for high school students. If you get in, you will be hitting two birds with one stone. You will be gaining money and experience at the same time.
Beatrice Mari is the Administrative Officer of the Student Affairs Office and the Head of the Academic Review and Publications Unit of the Research Development and Management Office of Lyceum-Northwestern University. She also taught Mass Communication and English Subjects in the same institution. She graduated from University of the Philippines Baguio with a degree in Communication. She is a musician by heart; she plays the bass guitar and writes songs. She has a small crafts business that she intends to grow, like her cacti and succulent collection.
Lyle Edryl is a product of the public school system. She earned her BA Communication degree from the University of the Philippines Baguio. Presently, she is a college instructor at Lyceum-Northwestern University. She still spends her Saturdays in school, in University of Pangasinan, pursuing her Master’s Degree. During her spare time she likes to watch the television series Grey’s Anatomy.