How to stay busy this summer
Published: Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 00:06
As we wrap up another semester of school, students are saying goodbye to spring and transitioning to summer mode.
Now is the time to transition from a recreational and time wasting mindset into determination, in order to have something to show for when August rolls around.
This summer, instead of sleeping until noon every day, keep active.
Stay busy with a summer class, volunteering at a local center or getting a summer job.
Citrus offers a variety of summer classes beginning June 25 through Aug. 26. Take a fitness for life or photography course for a fun activity and gets your mind going. Core classes are also available in summer, including math, English and history.
Another way to keep busy this summer is getting involved in your local community. Volunteer at the Glendora Library, City of
Hope or Foothill Presbyterian hospitals. They all accept volunteers year round.
Go online and visit their websites for more information on volunteering.
Getting a summer job presents opportunities to meet new people and make some extra cash.
Raging Waters is a great option for a summer job. It is the best of both worlds, being in the sun and being productive. It is a great way to have fun while making money.
Go to www.ragingwaters.com under ‘employment’ to apply.
Another option to look for a summer job is Craigslist. Various employers post listings daily for future employees.
Try typing in your current city or surrounding cities to see what work is available for you this summer.
Visit losangeles.craigslist.org for further information.
Local areas also offer city programs. Try signing up for a local cooking course, yoga, hiking group or more depending on your city of residence.
Most cities also offer various summer workshops that continue throughout the summer.
For instance Glendora offers basic computer skills, wood painting projects, writing and illustrating classes, jazz and art ‘Across the Ages’ workshops that vary from 6 to 9 weeks.
Visit your local city online to learn more information.
Stimulate your mind with a summer reading list. Whether it’s reading a classic novel or a new one, keep your brain active.
Some personal recommendations are “The Great Gatsby” by Scott F. Fitzgerald, “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “Wise Blood” by Flannery O’ Connor and “The Lord of the Rings” series by J.R.R Tolkien.
Some more recent novels to read for the summer include, “The Beach House” by Jane Green, “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James and “The Help”by Kathryn Stockett.
Whether you pick up a classic or something of your own personal choice, make sure to indulge yourself in a new world by reading.
Summer is full of sun and fun, but adding some specific activities will make for a more energetic and creative time.