Your time in college -- during the academic year, that is -- is, of course, filled with stressors like classes, papers, lab reports, and exams. It is also happily filled with the fun stuff, like friends, parties, going out, and a seemingly endless schedule of upcoming events and activities. However, the social scene in your life can drastically decrease, especially if you're no longer on campus and spend your days at a job or internship during the summer.  Read a new release book. It can be science fiction, general fiction, trashy romance, murder mystery, historical fiction -- but it doesn't matter. Grab the latest release and let your brain take a break. Read a classic. Always hearing about a classic book one of your friends or family members loves? Been curious about a novel you never read in high school? Summer is the perfect chance to finally sit down and read it. 3. Buy a magazine you don't usually read. It can be intellectual, like The Economist, or ridiculous and fun, like People. While working out or driving around, consider buying (or getting from the library) an audio book that you can listen to. There is undoubtedly places that could use your time, energy, and smarts, no matter you leave.


Ways to stay entertained over a college summer

Try a new form of exercise. Been curious about yoga, pilates, spinning, or something else? The summer is a great time to explore something new and see if it's a fit.
7. Join a community sports team. Most places have community sports team that play in the summer; they can range from competitive baseball to completely silly kickball leagues. See what's in your area and what you can join for the few months you're free. Spend a weekend seeing all the new releases. Grab a friend and see whether you can see all the new releases in one weekend. With food in the theater, there's no reason why you can just spend all day there, seeing movie after movie! Just wake up? Call a friend and meet at a local place that serves 24/7 breakfasts ASAP. Then amble over to the theater and enjoy whatever movie is next playing. Added bonus: breakfast is cheaper than dinner, and matinees are cheaper than the later shows. Take a bus or a train somewhere new. Flying can be so cheap these days that folks sometimes forget about the bus or train. But sometimes the journey is half the fun, and you'll see new parts of the country you'd never see from the air. Learn an instrument. You may have always had a desire to play the piano, learn the flute, or even play the drums. Why not learn now when you have the time and freedom to really put your heart into it? Take an online class. You won't have to commute, you can save some cash, and you might even get ahead on the credits you'll need to graduate. A personal website can be a great way to advertise yourself to future employers and show them all your mad skills in case you're going to be graduating next year.