For those of you that aren’t taking summer classes yet, you may be wondering what to do now. For real– now what? No essays to write, no finals to study for, no time hanging out with your friends at the library— so, what now? I have compiled a list of things that you can do this summer for your boredom-curing ease. Enjoy!
Get lost on purpose– Bring a phone or something, of course, and don’t get lost in a bad neighborhood– but getting lost on purpose is a blast. Even if it’s only in a mall, it’s a great adventure and a fun way to get to know your way around someplace. It’s more fun if you bring a friend.
Have a picnic– Whether it’s on the porch, Calvin and Hobbes style, or at a park with some friends, try having a picnic.
Have a foam-sword fight– Cut some foam noodles into halves and add on some tape for handles, then fight your friends. Pretend you’re a jedi or a samurai or whatever you want.
Travel somewhere– Buy a cheap airplane ticket and go somewhere! It’s summer; you actually can! Be sure to pack everything you need, and bring books to read on the flight.
Go jogging– Just try it. If you’ve never jogged before, just jog for a little bit- whatever is comfortable.
Eavesdrop on a conversation– And make a short story about it. Don’t be rude or nosey, but if you just so happen to hear what the people at the table next to you are saying, start jotting down notes and see what you come up with.
Go hiking– Find someplace that you can, and go hiking. Bring plenty of water and some granola bars and good shoes, and then have fun!
Walk to somewhere near your house– How often have you actually walked around your neighborhood? Go hunting for the nearest store and see what you can find!
Eat popsickles on the porch– If you haven’t done this, you’re missing out. If you don’t like popsickles, eat ice cream. Just sit on the porch in the evening and enjoy the weather and your tasty popsickle.
Talk in a fake accent all day– It’s really awkward, but if you can muster up the courage it can be pretty entertaining. Go to the store and talk to people in this accent. If no one guesses that it’s fake, go you.
Climb a tree– You’re in college, I know. Who cares?! Climb a tree anyway. Get sap on you, get scratches all over arms, maybe tear some leggings– climb that tree! Climbing a tree is a lovely experience that you need to have in life.
Swing on a swing– You’re not too old for this either. Find a swing and swing on it. Just don’t hog it or you’ll annoy little kids.
Write a short story– Pick a topic and write about it. Think about the first thing that pops into your head, and write about it.
Ask someone to hang out with you– If you normally just keep to yourself and don’t actually do the “friend” thing, just try it for once. Ask someone to see a movie with you or go to the mall or anything you want!
Draw something-- It doesn’t matter if you think you’re bad at drawing or if you’re really good at it. Just try and draw something!
Read a book you liked as a kid– How long has it been since you read The Boxcar Children or The Spiderwick Chronicles? Probably years. Read a book that you liked as a kid and bring back old memories.
Order a weird snowball flavor– Find a snowball stand and order the weirdest flavor you can think of.
Start martial arts– Talk to me about this. For real. Email email@example.com and I’ll help you find out when to start!
Buy a weird clothing item– You’ll end up wearing it, I just know it– but find the oddest thing you can and buy it. That awful pink jacket is probably going to become your favorite thing pretty soon.
Go to an International Foods store– And find the oddest thing you can, and taste it.
Wear a costume in public-- And see people’s reactions. More fun with a friend!
Play a backyard game– Soccer, baseball, tag– anything. How long has it been since you actually played a game? Go for it, man!
Make a movie– It doesn’t matter if movies are your thing are not; just find some friends and film something and see what happens.
Play a video game with a cool storyline– Kingdom Hearts and Jak and Daxter are some great games that you should try and play. If you’ve played them already, revisit them and experience some lovley nostalgia.
Do a photoshoot– Find some friends and a decent camera and take pictures of each other. It can be silly or serious, but either way it’ll be fun.
Watch a TV series– I’m sure there’s something that you’ve been wanting to start but haven’t had the time to. Go find that right now and go for it!
Write a murder scene– If you have never killed anyone in a story, book, or script before, try it now. Make a character that you like, and kill them off. You’ll really get a feel for how your favorite writers feel when they kill their own favorite characters! Remember, if it bugs you too much you could always write them back to life– they’re your character.
See how many push ups you can do– If you can do more than 10 in a row I’ll give you an imaginary hug. More than 30 in a row then I’ll give you an imaginary award. If you can do more than 100 in a row I‘ll give you 2 imaginary awards. Yay.
See how many sit-ups you can do– If you can do more than 10 in a row I’ll give you an imaginary hug. More than 30 in a row then I’ll give you an imaginary award. If you can do more than 100 in a row I‘ll give you 2 imaginary awards. If you can manage to do more sit-ups than me in a side-by-side sit up competition, you’re probably my evil clone and therefore I’m going to have to kill you. My apologies.
Watch a crappy movie-- Go to the store and find the worst-seeming movie you can buy, then watch it and waste hours of your life that you can now never get back.
Try and become more flexible– As in the splits and the butterfly stretch and all those. It’s not that hard; just practice every night and stretch a little further each day until you get to where you want to be. Find where you are comfortable and go slightly beyond it, slightly beyond it…
Make cookies at midnight– Wait until midnight, then make cookies from scratch.
Write a list of what you like in a person– Every little quality you’d want in an ideal person. It’s a fun way to learn about yourself
Write a list about what you like about yourself– This is quite hard if you’re normally quite humble. Just do it. You don’t have to show anyone– just write it for yourself.
For-fun websites– Go to Pinterest, Tumblr, and SparkLife for random time-wasting fun. Cause now that it’s summer, you can actually waste time and not feel guilty! Yay! Pinterest is sort of like shopping for stuff you can’t actually have, Tumblr is basically random fandom stuff, and SparkLife is kind of teenager-ish but it’s a bit fun if you’re bored. Coolness.
Listen to audiobooks– “This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain” will totally get stuck in your head, but this website is a super cool way to find classics to listen to.
Listen to Welcome to Night Vale– Weird stuff happens in a little town and it hypnotizes you. Welcome… to Night Vale. *cool music plays now*
Design outfits and all– Polyvore! Make outfits out of real clothes that you could actually buy if you were like, a bazzilionaire. It’s the kind of website that you only play once in a while, but when you do, you make about a million outfits that you’ll never wear.
Choose your own story– Travel back to the early 2000s on this cool website that hasn’t been updated since 2003. The Neverending Tale is a choose-your-own-adventure website that allows you to write your own choices in as well. If you don’t like the options offered, make your own! And write whatever because nobody has been on this site for over ten years! Yea-uh!
Insult people– Not normally of course, because that’s just rude. Instead, go to this website and learn how to insult people Shakespeare-style, thou saucy idle-headed hugger mugger!
Read some Shakespeare plays for free-- They are all online here! How cool is that? It takes a while to get the language, but with some practice you’ll be enjoying some of these classics in no time.
Talk to strangers– Do what you’re never ever supposed to do on the internet and talk to strangers at this annoying website. Make sure you don’t give out personal information, of course, and put something in your interests section or else you’ll just get people who want you to add them on their Kik sites and spam robots. It’s fun to play out scenes from movies and see how long it takes before they catch on. They usually don’t, and it’s hilarious.