At the end of the spring semester, it’s common for college students and sorority and fraternity members to either move home for the summer, take an internship elsewhere in the country or study abroad. But many also elect to stay on campus and take classes. With that being said, summer semester is typically a much quieter time on campus, which can provide some challenges for students on how to stay busy when not in class.
So what exactly is there to do in the summer time, when many of your friends have moved home and campus isn’t quite as electric as it normally is? Here’s a look at 10 great ways to pass the time:
- College baseball/softball: Baseball and softball are college sports that run into the summer semester. Pick up a schedule at the athletic office and spend some of your afternoon and evenings rooting on your school.
- Bar crawl: Fewer students on campus means shorter lines at the bars, especially on peak Friday and Saturday nights. So why not organize a bar crawl with your chapter members and friends that are still hanging around the area (if you’re 21+, of course)?
- Volunteer: A big reason to join a frat or sorority is for the opportunity to make a positive difference on campus. And just because it’s the summer doesn’t mean that you can’t continue that. So look for volunteer opportunities in the area. They’re personally rewarding, fulfilling and look great on a resume.
- Look for an internship: You don’t have to look elsewhere for an internship – the perfect one might be available on or near campus. For instance, if you’re interested in sports administration, visit the campus athletic offices and see if there’s any opportunities available.
- Rec leagues: Softball, kickball, volleyball, hockey and other summer rec leagues are often offered. They’re a great way to meet new friends and stay active.
- Cookouts: Fire up the grill and invite some friends and other chapter members over for burgers and hot dogs.
- Get to know campus: Fall and spring semesters are typically much busier, class-wise, than the summer. So take the summer to walk to your classes and spend some time getting to know parts of campus that you might not have been familiar with before. You just might like what you find.
- Fish: Chances are your campus has rivers running through it and lakes on it. Check to see if fishing is permitted. If not, it’s always fun to walk to the water and feed the ducks or just sit and read.
- Golf: Your campus may have a golf course, which offers discounted rates to students. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced player, golf is a challenge and a great way to pass the time outdoors.
- Film and music festivals: If your campus is located by a big city, see if it hosts any film or music festivals.
Just because the student population is only a fraction of what it is in the fall and spring doesn’t mean that campus can’t still be a fun place to hang in the summer months. In fact, many might find the new-found peace and quiet a nice change of pace from the normal hustle and bustle. Enjoy it before August rolls around!
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