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A Her Campus Guide to the Perfect Summer

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.

As I’m sure you’re aware, school is over and summer break is upon us! If you’re anything like me (which I’m guessing you are), your favorite time of the year is summer vacation— all that time to yourself and no responsibilities. After another year of school (and another year of attending college in the middle of a pandemic), you deserve a nice, long break. But you may be thinking: what am I going to do this summer with all of that free time? If that’s the case, read on as I tell you all about it in: A Her Campus Guide to the Perfect Summer!


Of course, the real classic option is to travel. However, you really don’t have to go far to have a good time. Sure, Italy sounds great, but have you really seen everything that Washington has to offer? You could try taking a hike to Heather Lake, visiting Leavenworth, or maybe just camping in your backyard. Of course, if that’s too close to home (or too boring) for you, you could also try visiting our Canadian friends across the border in Vancouver, or there’s always the option of going to Disneyland in California!

Get a part-time job

Now that it’s summer and you don’t have any more studying to do, you can go out and make some money by getting a part-time job! For those of us that don’t have a summer internship lined up (congrats if you do!), it could be fun to go work at your local coffee shop or grocery store just to pass the time with something meaningful to do and make some money while you’re at it. 

Go back home and Revisit old friends

If it’s not part of your plans already, it might be a good idea to go back to your hometown and see some people you missed. It’s likely that you and your high school friends moved away from each other to go to college, so summer vacation can be the perfect time to catch up on everything going on in your exponentially more interesting lives. Also, it may be fun to do the things you used to do just for the nostalgia: visit your hometown mall, go to the local movie theater, or eat at your favorite childhood restaurant. 

Whether your summer plans include the things on this list, a super big vacation, an internship, or you’re taking summer classes, I hope that you have an amazing time off— you deserve it! Happy summer, huskies!

Shima is a sophomore at UW currently residing in Mukilteo, WA. She intends to major in Microbiology and hopes to someday become a physician. She enjoys baking bread, watching Teen Wolf, and practicing Taekwondo in her free time.
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