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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BU chapter.

As a freshman at BU, I have definitely gotten a good taste of what life is like in a new city, but I have been blessed to have other people experiencing this whole new place with me. Unfortunately, while I have been here, my parents have decided to move to a whole new place where I know no one and nothing. 

So, I am going to be spending a lot of time by myself this summer — which is both a blessing and a curse. In case anyone else is going to be alone for a couple of weeks, I wanted to share my plans.

My first piece of advice for the summer, if you’re not traveling, is to get a job! If you currently work in retail at college, ask them if they can transfer you to a location in your city! Working is honestly the best way to meet new people, and it also gives you something to do. Having nothing to do all day is definitely amazing, but for the entire summer it might fry your brain.

If you aren’t looking for a job, how about finding a new hobby or igniting an old one? If you have any instruments in your house, now’s the time to pull them out and see how good you can get by September! If you have any paints or colored pencils, you can draw or even write something. 

I love photography and videography, so my favorite advice to give you is to document what you get up to every day — make a journal, either physical or virtual, so that you have something to look back at and see how you’ve changed. 

Lastly, get that fitness routine going! This is the best opportunity to have start that glow-up because no one will be watching your progress. Get a gym membership or buy some weights and start taking care of your mind and body!

It definitely is hard when you lose the social aspects of living at college in the summer, but this is actually a blessing. Take this time to become the best version of yourself — don’t miss out on this opportunity!

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Originally from Brighton, England but curently living in San Francisco and attending Boston University (Class of 2026)