Yay! School’s done and now we students find ourselves with over eight extra hours every day at home.
It’s called summer, and it can be as eventful as it can boring. And that is why I am here: to give some suggestions on how to make the most out of your summer at home.
Let’s face it: Before school ended, we all put together these elaborate plans of hanging out at the beach every day and going on road trips with our friends. But the reality is that you and your friends are probably stuck baby-sitting, working extra shifts and entertaining guests at home. So those big group events seem to be slipping from your grasp. I should know — I was supposed to go on a day trip with my friends but literally every day that worked for me didn’t work for someone else. Whenever they got time off work I was unavailable.
It was a bummer, but it got me thinking. While we wouldn’t trade hanging with friends for the world, sometimes we have to learn to entertain ourselves. So I decided to put together a list of movies and TV shows to watch, books to read and other things to do to make my summer as eventful as possible.
Among this list was to read and watch “The Fault in Our Stars,” which I have now read (it is amazing and horrible at the same time) and now need to make plans to watch.
I also want to read Khaled Hosseini’s “And the Mountains Echoed,” which I know I’ll like because he is one of my favorite authors. I can also cross “watch ‘22 Jump Street’” off my list, which I saw this week and during which I laughed like a maniac. The Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill duo is literally the best.
Moreover, we all went through a slight withdrawal when our favorite TV shows ended for the season over the past couple of weeks. Let’s be honest: That first week without your favorite show seemed like torture. But not to worry — I have been trying to keep up on the summer seasons of shows as well as new shows airing. I started watching “Young and Hungry” on ABC Family. Anyone remember Lily from “Hannah Montana?” Well, she’s back and I love her character on the show. Go check it out if you’re into comedy shows. And for all your drama lovers, “Chasing Life” is only a couple of weeks old; it is definitely worth watching if you ask me. And now for recurring shows: “The Fosters” has come back for its summer season and someone turned the drama dial into overdrive. But seriously, the first season was really good, so I have high hopes for this one as well. And now for my personal favorite show: “Teen Wolf!” It aired its fourth season premiere last Monday and it was amazing! Spoiler alert: The beginning credits are so different! And if you are really bored, go watch the first three seasons. It worked wonders for my boredom last summer.
Next, I am not sure how many of you this applies to, but if you are like me and have a ton of family overseas, it can be easy to lose touch with them during the school year for various reasons. So get on Facebook or WhatsApp or Viber or any communication medium and let them know you still exist! And now, this may come as no surprise to you, but I’m going to say it anyway. Get out more! When we were in school, just walking up and down campus made us crave staying indoors at home. But now, with no reason to change out of your pajamas all day, it is really easy to just laze in bed all day. But as amazing as that sounds, that can just make you feel more tired and lethargic. If I don’t get out of the house at least twice a day and get some fresh air, I just feel sleepy. So get out, go walking, clear your head and feel better!
And finally, try your hand at something new. Now’s the time to take those guitar lessons you have never had time for. Well, I think that is it for now. I hope you were able to get something from this column to help make your summer a little more eventful.
Janani Kumar is a recent graduate at Burlingame High School. Student News appears in the weekend edition. You can email Student News at firstname.lastname@example.org.