For many millennial college students, taking a summer course, (or even two), is no longer a last resort, but instead an expected route in order to stay on track, or effectively balance other extra-curricular activities by taking fewer semester units. And while this new college social norm around summer school is definitely positive for students and universities, many college students like myself often ask themselves, “But what about A SUMMER VACATION?”
And for a future orientated (real question: is that even a word?) person like myself, the prospect of not taking summer courses is frightening because heaven-forbid our resume’s fall behind, or our drive in school plunders during those three lost months. But thankfully, for any millennial like myself, (who need reassurance for far too much), it is healthy to remind yourself that if you are on track with your courses, or just desperately need a pause in life to reflect on your life, not taking summer courses is NOTHING TO BE GUILTY ABOUT.
But here is my personal fine print of that statement: taking a summer vacation in college is nothing to be guilty about if you are INTENTIONAL with your precious free time. Because guess what I know all too well?
Netflix exists. Donuts exist. Pinterest exists. Parties exist.
And guess what again? In moderation all of those things are beautiful accessories to a phenomenal summer, but if you want to use your summer vacation intentionally, the best way to start is by creating a blueprint for an intentional summer vacation.