deni’s declassified summer survival guide

deni’s declassified summer survival guide

Summer is finally on its way around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. I love warm weather and not having to bundle up under turtlenecks and coats. Summer is also just a really fun time when some of the most fun content gets released and everyone is glowing and living their best life. I’m spending my summer in DC, taking classes and working to prepare myself for my upcoming senior year. Side note: can y’all believe I’m about to be a senior at Howard University? It seems like just yesterday I was mouthing off in GroupMe and deciding between living in the Quad or in CHN. Anyway, I decided to come up with a list of things that you can do to make sure that you have a fun, yet productive summer.

Set Up a Killer Playlist

The summer can’t be great if you don’t have a good soundtrack, right? I’ve already created my summer survival playlist (ironically titled “summer survival”) and it includes three major things that you definitely have to include in yours. First, make sure you have songs you love to dance to like Afro B’s “Drogba (Joanna)”. Next, add a couple of songs about self-love that will pull you out of your feelings no matter when or where you hear them. For me, those songs are “Soulmate” by Lizzo and “BEAUTIFUL” by Qveen Herby. Third, add your favorite songs to sing or rap along to. On my playlist, you’ll find Queen Key’s “Ratchett” and Khalid’s “Talk REMIX” because I love rapping along with Megan Thee Stallion’s verse at the beginning. Lastly, I highly suggest putting a few motivational songs like “WIN” by Jay Rock so that you can stay focused on your goals throughout the summer. If you’re looking for a little inspiration for your own summer survival playlist, check out mine below!

Give Yourself a Summer Assignment

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School might be out (for some of us) but that doesn’t mean you should stop working towards your goals! Summer is the perfect time to perfect your craft or learn a new one. I suggest selecting something fun, but something that also will add a little spice to your resume. Whether it’s learning a new language, learning how to code, or improving your graphic design skills, give yourself an assignment so that you come out of the summer better than you went into it. Whatever you do, be productive and make sure that it’s something you genuinely enjoy. For those of you who are seniors and planning to go to grad school like me, this is the perfect time to start getting ready for grad school applications and you should definitely throw in some test prep!

Find a TV Show Worth Binge-Watching

You have a little more free time over these next few months so take the time to catch up on your shows or start a new one (*cough* Game of Thrones *cough*). The point of adding this to the survival guide was to give yourself a little me time. Watching a new show and falling in love with it (especially when it has more than 4 seasons) is one of my personal favorite things to do and gives me time to relax and really enjoy the art that was created specifically for me to enjoy it. So take some time for yourself this summer and indulge in a little back-to-back episode watching.

Catch Up on Your Recreational Reading

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Speaking of having more time for me time, this is also the perfect time to catch up on those books you vowed to read going into the new year. Now I know it can be a little difficult to pull yourself from your newest Netflix obsession or just fun times with your friends and find a quiet time and place to read, but start small! I personally hate stopping in the middle of a chapter so starting off with one chapter a day can get you into the habit of reading every day. If you don’t care about reading chapter to chapter then you can start small by reading for at least 30 minutes before bed.

Break a Bad Habit/Make a Good Habit

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Speaking of habits, it only takes 21 days to make or break one so take some time to summer to be extra conscious of how you spend your days. While it only takes 21 days to make or break a habit, it takes 90 days to create a lifestyle so use this summer to your advantage. If you’re looking to actually start working out and eating better, this is a great time to start. If you looking for a smaller commitment to make then try making sure you floss once a day, every day. As far as habits to break, attempt to stop sleeping past 9AM or break the habit of getting on your phone first thing in the morning, read instead! I like to keep track of my habits in my bullet journal, which is basically like a combination of a to-do list, a planner, and a diary. Each day I color in a grid (I use a notebook with dotted lines so that I create grids and charts to track my habits, sleep, and moods) for whatever habit I kept up with that day. For example, my vitamins tracker is always full because I always remember to take them every morning, whereas my nighttime skin routine can sometimes end up blank since I jump into bed without thinking about it (note: a bad habit to break this summer).

Get Some Vitamin D (no pun intended)

Now that the sun is finally out and about, you should be too! Take some time out of your schedule this summer to go outside and feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair if you have any. There are so many ways to just enjoy the summer air while it’s here: exercise outside, explore wherever you’re staying for the summer, or just go out and have a picnic. Schedule one day out of your week every week to just enjoy the sun and explore your surroundings!

That’s all for this survival guide, y’all! I hope that you take my guide and make the most of your summer. If you have anything you’d like to add, let us all know in the comments below! Welcome to summer, sis!

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