POV: You drooled on your laptop all night after hitting “submit” for your last ten-page essay of the semester with blurry eyes and an emptied mind. Or, you just waved goodbye to your proctors and strutted out of the huge classroom building. Either way, you’ve now evolved into Rami Malek in that Saturday Night Live sketch. As you should! So, since I know the last thing you want to do is think, here’s your itinerary. (P.S. you can partake in whichever activities suit you best).
10:00 A.M.—Fuel up on your favorites
Doesn’t warm blueberry pancakes, soft breakfast potatoes and smoky applewood bacon sound good? I suggest Uptown Café for the classics and Canopy Road Café for the extravagant moments. Pick up your meal and eat in the peace and privacy of your home.
11:00 A.M.—Roll into bed
Waking up early this morning was uncalled for. Your satisfied belly agrees. Switch out of your “outside” clothes and regain some rest. No need for a lullaby, you’ll be dreaming in no time. If for some reason you’re still awake, try meditating while laying on your back for 10 minutes. Place one hand over your heart and one on your diaphragm as you feel ease wash over you.
1:00 P.M.—Stroll through nature
Now that your stresses are subdued, soak in North Florida’s gorgeous greenery. Go to campus or a local park. Headphones, that Starbucks sandwich you’ve been eyeing and the most exciting book from your neglected to-read pile are optional. For the first scenario, you recognize how lovely Florida State University’s brick buildings are. It’s much easier to do so when you aren’t trudging or running to an 8 a.m. Spanish class.
1:30 P.M.—Sit back and relax
Somehow you inevitably stumble upon Landis Green. Drag one of the cherry-red Adirondack chairs under the shade of an iconic oak tree. Settle in your seat, then dive into the story you brought as the breeze flows through the Spanish moss. If you didn’t bring a book, listen to a cherished album/podcast as the students passing by envy you.
3:00 P.M.—Grab your popcorn
Back home, sit on a surprisingly comfy couch and start a new tv show as you wait for season four of Stranger Things to come out. Reminder: the ending of Ozark comes out on April 29. Snack on some popcorn or potato chips.
4:30 P.M.—Indulge in an early dinner
Order the tastiest Tallahassee meal on UberEats and feast. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, beat the six o’clock rush and absorb the restaurant’s ambiance as you enjoy the likes of seasoned salmon, a hearty burger or chicken potstickers. Dine with friends if desired. Pick up pastries on the way home or add them to your virtual cart. Perhaps chocolate macaroons or Fruity Pebble donuts will do. If too many delightful desserts are staring at you through the display case, give in and go for it. You won’t regret splurging.
6:30 P.M.—Soak in the sunset
Take your sweets to a rooftop pool or the Rez and dip your toes as the sky turns into a magical magenta. You might want to bring a pool floatie if you have one and arrive in a swimsuit. Even better, if there’s a hammock, lay in it.
7:45 P.M.—Take a bath
Pour some soap under the faucet or make a splash and drop in a pretty bath bomb. Hop in and play with the bubbles like you’re four years old. Notice how big and limitless the ceiling/world seems when you look up.
8:30 P.M.—Get ready for game night
Since your energy has been replenished, go back out to the common room and join some gals for a fun evening of friendly competition. Shuffle a deck of cards, build a Jenga tower or unfold a Twister mat. Ask them how the semester has treated them and about their summer plans. If you haven’t asked each other what the meaning of life is already, this is a good time to.
10:30 P.M.—Prepare for slumber
Before you snuggle up to your pillows again, take your journal (a piece of paper will suffice) and write all your feelings out by lamplight. You can devise a stream-of-consciousness rant about the vagueness of rubrics, a letter of gratitude about not having to compose any academic writing for three months or detail how delightful your day was.
10:00 A.M.—Breakfast Part 2
Heat your leftovers for 10 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees and enjoy!
Have an amazing summer and don’t forget to take care of yourself along the way!