Summer survival tips

on campus

August 18, 2005|By Christina Temes | Christina Temes,Baltimoresun.com Staff

If you want to make the most out of your three months of freedom and live it up before summer vacations become a thing of the past, here are some tips for survival on the homefront.

1. Negotiate. Yes, your parents will probably want to set some kind of rules while you're under their roof, but give 'em a bit of credit -- they will probably acknowledge that you're at least on the road to adulthood. So put this newfound status to work and try to compromise on matters such as curfews instead of whining about their Draconian rules. You might even be rewarded for your maturity, though getting that 2 a.m. curfew might require more than a few loads of laundry and some trips to the grocery store.

2. Go local. You're home, so enjoy the local flavor while you're here. Take in a meal at your favorite restaurant (the crabcakes alone will be better than in your college town), spend some time milling around your neighborhood stores and even check out the hotspots that you were too clueless (or too young) to go to in high school. While you're out, pick up some hometown goodies to add some spice to your dorm-room decor (John Waters movie posters and Cafe Hon's "Blieve Hon" stickers are a must).

3. Work it. Skip watching the tube and put your learnin' to work at a job or internship. Make sure to apply early to secure the stint of your choice. You'll be able to secure some dough for your summer social endeavors and get employment experience. (Hint: this will increase your chances of landing a job in the "real world" and decrease the chance of your post-grad digs being your parents' basement.)

4. Chill out. Relax. It's break, after all. Enjoy the privacy you don't have on campus and the comfort of your own, non-institutional bed. Read the books you don't have time to read at school and catch up on the trashy TV you don't have time to watch. Go vacationing or day-tripping with buddies. Keep in mind that in the near future, summer breaks will be nonexistent and that, if you're bored, the new school year starts sooner than you think.

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