High school graduation marks the end of one era and the beginning of a new. Graduating means leaving the last of our childhood behind and moving on to a young-adult lifestyle. Whether you are going off to college, joining the military or working, the summer after high school is a crucial time to get your life in order. Not that the summer should not be fun, afterall it is the time of many lasts. So with work and play in mind, here are some ways to make the summer after high school the best yet.
- Clean Up Your Act
Making room for whatever life may bring you means getting organized. Clean out your closet, dresser and desk. Keep things that you can reuse or that have sentimental value but throw out the rest. By giving yourself a clean space you are more likely to be productive and if you decide to sell clothing, you may have a few extra dollars in your pocket.
- Never Let Go
As the days creep closer to losing a forever with the friends you’ve known since kindergarten, the time also closes in on how long you have left with your family. Although you will always have your family by your side, you will miss them more than you may realize and saying goodbye to friends is no easier. For many they may imagine that their friends will be a part of their life forever, and while that may be true for some, others will lose touch as life becomes more hectic. Due to the painful goodbyes that no one wants to say, it is important to spend as much time as possible with the ones you love and try to come up with a plan to keep the connections strong.
- Find Yourself
The best way to make connections in your new life is the easiest thing of all: simply being yourself. If you are not completely sure who you are then take some “me time” to figure it out. Go for a walk, meditate, journal or take a mental break to really focus on who you are and who you want to be. By focusing on yourself you can listen more to your inner voice and follow your heart toward the future you want.
- Get Ahead of the Game
Wherever you may end up in the next few years, make sure you are ready for it. If you are going to college, then getting in touch with a roommate and making plans for a dorm room could be a good idea. Another tip for those going to college could be to continue applying for scholarships. Just because high school is over doesn’t mean that you can’t receive scholarships. In fact, you can apply for them all throughout college, which will ultimately benefit you. If you are going to be working then looking for jobs that may interest you is a great first step. If you already have a job then work toward a promotion or set a goal for something you want to achieve in your workplace.
- Grow Up
Growing up can be stressful, especially if you are still acting like a kid. The summer after you graduate is a great time to start practicing everyday responsibilities that you may need to know. One thing you can do is learn how to cook so that you are not always eating out. Also, knowing how to do laundry and iron clothing is an important skill to acquire. Other things to educate yourself on would be how to pay bills and taxes. Being an adult also means taking care of yourself and practicing healthy habits. Making a healthy diet or exercise plan a well as figuring out how to schedule appointments can be beneficial to your health and sense of well being in general.
- Make Memories
Seeing as this is the last summer of one’s childhood, you should take advantage of that and make as many memories as possible. Having a water fight, doing chalk and playing games like capture the flag are all ways you can feel like a kid again. Other ways to make the most of your summer is by traveling, doing something spontaneous or even just having friends over and doing the same things you’ve done for years.
Whether it’s saying goodbye to the past or welcoming in the new, the summer after high school is a major transition period that everyone deals with differently. There will be laughter, hard work and surely some tears, but what you make of it is all that matters in the end.