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Things for high school graduates to do during the summer

1. Spend as much time with family and friends as possible. You are going to miss them more than you think.

Because I will be traveling to New York for college and will only return home for the holidays, I will not be seeing my family as much as I would like. Therefore, it is my plan this summer to spend plenty of time with them and create memories.

2. Take plenty of pictures and videos.

I am a keepsake of everything. I love to look back on old photos and videos and re-live the emotions and experiences from that memory. As a result, the memories in my Snapchat app is OVERFLOWING with saved photos and videos from family gatherings, concerts, etc. Trust me, you will thank yourself later when you are trying to find photos to decorate your dorm room with.

3. Get a job. 

Your broke college days are just around the corner and you will thank yourself later for being able to afford a somewhat decent meal in college with the extra cash you will make this summer. I know all you will want to do is sleep in and stay out all night but really push yourself to make some extra cash.

4. Thank all of the people that helped you along your journey. 

The amount of mentors, role models, and teachers that have inspired and motivated me is endless. However, that’s not going to stop me from meeting with them during lunch one day or sending a thank you note for helping me to go further. I know that they would love to hear from you and who knows, maybe they have some advice for the future.

5. Check with your perspective college and make sure you have met all deadlines for room assignments, choosing classes/picking up class schedules, summer assignments, etc. 

Congratulations. You are officially entering the real world so it is your job to make sure you are on top of any items that must be received by your college or university. Stay on top of deadlines to ensure that you don’t miss out and you have a smooth transition into your college years.

6. APPLY APPLY APPLY to scholarships.

This is so important. It is not too late to apply to scholarships so keep at it and don’t give up. Set a goal and just get them done. The more money you have, the better so don’t give up.

7. Read a book or two.

Keeping your reading list updated before starting your college years is crucial. Even though it is the summer, you still want to continue reading and keep your mind invigorated.

8. Explore your hometown.

Though I have lived in Houston, Texas all of my life, there are so many places that I have not explored outside of the loop. The amount of eateries that I would like to visit before leaving for college is endless. A fun activity for you and your friends is to do a scavenger hunt around Houston. Who knows where you will eventually end up?

9. Mark something off of your bucket list.

This is your opportunity to make some memories so take advantage of the time and do something that you have been wanting to do for a while. Don’t forget to take a risk and live in the moment.

10. Celebrate your accomplishments.

You have just completed a big feat. Don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments with your family and friends with a big bang.

11. Rest.

If you are anything like me, you will be spending the first two weeks of summer lounging around the house in sweats and binge watching the shows that all of your friends have already seen but you were too busy to watch. Enjoy your time off and seriously rest. Trust me, you need it.

12. Start your college shopping early.

You will not be the only college student buying bedding, a laptop etc. so make sure you start finding what you want early to ensure you get everything you want. Make sure you budget correctly as well to find the best deals and save money.

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