Summer can provide the opportunity to hit the beach, land an awesome internship, or binge on episodes of The Office on Netflix. If you find yourself with some time on your hands this summer, consider knocking out some items on this TC Summer Bucket List!
1. Read a book…FOR FUN! If the last book you read was one cataloguing the rise and fall of Ancient Western Civilization (let me borrow it…), you may have forgotten that reading can be done for enjoyment. Give your eyeballs a break from the glow of electronics. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is begging to be read for the 84th time.
2. Reconnect with old friends. Going home for a few weeks? Call up an old bud and hop aboard the nostalgia train. (For a great article on reconnecting, see: http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/7-reasons-reconnect-old-friends/662757/)
3. Get healthy! Summer provides the perfect opportunity to get in the habit of working out and eating right. It takes around 21 days to create a habit- get going in the gym now and it’ll be routine in the Fall.
4. Improve yourself! Crack open an inspirational book and work on you. Some of the Counselors favorites include: The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work (Shawn Anchor), How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie), The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg), and The 7 Habits of highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (Stephen R. Covey)
5. Call your parents and ask about their lives. You may become best friends. It’s a beautiful thing.
6. Volunteer! Remember our Puppy Party? You can still play with Tipsy!! Look into volunteer opportunities at the Haven (http://www.havenacs.org/main.asp?id=40), in Lubbock (https://www.volunteerlubbock.org), or in your hometown (https://www.volunteermatch.org)
7. Stay in touch with your TC Counselor. Thinking about studying abroad in the Spring? Want to pick up a minor in Technical Communication? It’s never too early to make a plan or ask questions. Send us an email with some ideas and we’ll help you achieve your goals for the Fall. (We’ll be a less charismatic Cristiano Ronaldo to your Real Madrid)
8. Find a hobby that you enjoy. Kickboxing? Crocheting? Archery? (A great article on the importance of hobbies can be found here: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/thrive/2014/05/the-value-of-hobbies/)
9. Summer school? Internship? Working 9-5? Remember to take time to truly relax and take care of you so you aren’t burnt out at the start of the semester. Relaxing means different things to different people. For some of us, we enjoy sipping bone broth and crafting, while others enjoy weightlifting and Bravo TV. You do you.
10. Prepare for the Fall BEFORE the Fall. Finalize your course schedule. When does school start? Have a question for your advisor? Need textbooks? Know who to contact about your LOAs? Answer these questions and you’ll be good to go when August rolls around.
Wherever you are this summer, the TC wishes you a happy vacation!!