MCL Top 5: Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer

As the end of our first years at Vanderbilt comes to an end, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can make the most of your summer.

We’re at that awesome time where we don’t have to stress about having an internship lined up and have some time to do some soul-searching before life and career and real adulting hits us. Here are some ways you can make the most of your summer!

5. Volunteer

Through volunteering, you can work towards something you really care about without fully committing yourself. It’s also an amazing opportunity to learn, gain perspective and meet new people that you wouldn’t have met otherwise!

4. Learn something new

If you’re like me and you’ve always wanted to learn guitar and constellations and French but never had the time, there’s no time like the present! You may feel more pressure to find a job or internship during later summers so now’s the perfect time to find a new hobby or interest and just have fun learning it!

3. Travel (from Paris to your local ice cream shop)

Discover new places whether it’s sightseeing in Paris or New York or just finding hidden gems in your neighborhood. Go for walks and make the most of your home away from Vandy. And if you are here on campus for the summer, it’s the perfect opportunity to find some hidden gems in Nashville and tell your friends all about them when we come back for sophomore year!

2. Embark on a new project

If you’re like me and can’t do nothing for my summer, embarking on a new project is a great way to hold yourself accountable. If there’s a blog, short story, music video or film that you’ve been always meaning to start and have never found the time, this summer would be perfect for that. Not only will it help you foster your sense of accountability and time management, but it might even make you learn more about yourself and do some self-reflecting about your major and career path.

1. Do absolutely nothing

Balance is everything! If all you want to do is go to the beach and binge-watch Netflix shows this summer after the stress-filled year we’ve all just had, do just that! Even as you are traveling and taking on projects, it’s also important to do nothing sometimes and just let your mind and body relax.


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