Cramming in the perfect summer

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For many students, summer can be an excellent time to take dream trips, hang out with friends and tick off all those bucket list items. However if you’re anything like me, the onset of August is leaving you in a hurry to get all those stereotypical summer moments done.

However, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to return to school with no reply to all your friends’ stories of adventure and warm-weathered whimsy. There’s still plenty of time to get in some summer fun before September hits.

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A road trip can be a great way to end summer with positive memories!

One such way is to go on the most profound of quests — the road trip. One thing to keep in mind with a road trip is that it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. So find something trivial to journey towards. Perhaps there’s a landmark you’ve always wanted to visit or maybe a restaurant you passed by once that you’ve always wanted to try. Then simply add friends and a vehicle — preferably some sort of van — and hit the road. All you’ll need to add is random quirky activities along the way to make for a good time.

Another way to make your summer feel like it wasn’t wasted watching television and working is to go on a soul-searching camping trip. Then you’ll be able to tell all your friends about how you found yourself in the middle of the woods. More likely, however, you’ll be able to tell them you found yourself drunk and lost in the woods. Because who goes camping without drinks?

As far as day trips go in the summer, the beach is a must. As Saskatchewanians, we live in a landlocked province, so your best bet will likely be a lake. This one is very easy to pull off as all you really need is a pair of swimming trunks and a means to get out to a beach. Of course a beach trip is always improved by friends. So gather round for a selfie to prove to your followers that you haven’t spent your entire summer in a bored stupor.

Speaking of stupors, music festivals exist in abundance in the summer time. While you may have a harder time finding one happening in August, a music festival can be a great way to leave your body wanting water and your friends wondering where you ended up the previous night. If you’re the type for live music, this is also a great way to soak in some tunes before school’s back.

Of course you don’t need to do something overly special in order to get that summer experience in. There’s always the option of just cramming in as much as you can into your day-to-day life. This means things like going for ice cream every once in awhile or simply taking a stroll through the streets and soaking in the summer air.

You could also have a bonfire and cook up some hotdogs for you and your friends. Follow up with some marshmallows and you’ve got the perfect  #summerfun moment. Then just wait for the sun to set for yet another quintessential summer photo opportunity.

With even one of these tips you’ll be able to talk up your summer to your friends and ensure your cool facade remains unbroken. However to truly accomplish this you’ll need to take an absurd amount of photos to not only to post to Instagram and Facebook but to whip out on your camera roll to dispel any accusations that your summer was not truly “lit.” As an added bonus, if you have access to a Polaroid camera you can add to your dorm room decor with cheesy photos of you and your friends having fun.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and don’t forget to make the most of it!

Jack Thompson / Staff Writer

Photo: Jeremy Britz / Photo Editor