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If your Instagram feed is like mine right now, everyone is either buying themselves expensive presents or going on expensive trips. Not everything in the summer needs to be expensive, though! Here are some things you can do this summer that don’t cost a cent, but will help keep you occupied and out of the jealousy pool.

Start a new instagram

Whether you want to do a finsta to subtweet the people who have gone on five vacations AND bought a new car (how????) or you’re starting a themed instagram for one of your favourite things, now’s the time to do it! Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a tonne of money to make your instagram amazing, either. Take pictures of what you already do: book, food, stationery, studying, work life is all followable if you know how to market it!

Go to the park

If you’re in Waterloo, Waterloo Park is a serious must-go. Kitchener’s Victoria Park is also gorgeous. Just take some time to enjoy nature, but don’t forget the bugspray!

Pick up a new skill

Did you know that lynda.com is free for Laurier students? Take advantage of this free resource while you’re a student and get something fun and employable for your resume!

Plant some sunflowers

Free? Well, yes! Cheerios’ Bring Back the Bees campaign is giving away free sunflower seeds for you to plant. They ship super fast and all you need is somewhere to plant them.

Get a library card

It’s something that a lot of students don’t use, but it’s totally free. The main branch of Waterloo Public Library is just a ten minute walk up Albert Street from campus. It’s has an amazing selection of books, movies and music, but it’s also a great free place to hang out in UpTown.

Save some money and make some memories this summer! 

Madeline McInnis

Wilfrid Laurier '19

Madeline graduated from the BA+MA program at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. In her undergraduate degree, she majored in Film Studies and History with a specialization in film theory. She later completed her Master's of English degree, where she wrote her thesis on the construction of historical memory and realism in war films. If you're looking for a recommendation for a fountain pen or dotted notebook, she should be your first line of contact.
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