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Getting ready for the summer

And that, my friends, brings an end to another semester. For anyone who has just finished a class, an internship, is changing the chapter in their life, ending another school year, or even just trying to breathe in the fresh summer air after the holidays, welcome to summer! Summer is a time for fun in the sun.

That’s it. No more worrying about school or the big heap of holidays in the fall/winter. Not only that, but it is the first summer since the COVID-19 pandemic where people are starting to get out again. Instead of staying inside and isolated, this is the summer to get out and get active — after all we have some catching up to do after quarantining. If you’re looking for fun activities to do by yourself or with loved ones this is the right place to be.

  • Go to a concert. Concerts are filled with music, food, drinks and tons of fun. It is a great time to put on a cute ’fit and eat some great food with your friends. Remember to still carry some hand sanitizer and be cautious of your surroundings, but don’t be scared to find your way to the front to get the best view.
  • Find water. As funny as that sounds, we will all be hunting for a pool, the lake, the beach, or even a creek to go fishing. With lots of beaches opening back up to full capacity and having all the crazy fun attractions back up and running, it’s a better time than ever to take that trip you’ve been holding on to for quite some time.
  • Have a picnic. I might be a hopeless romantic, or maybe just a food and nature lover but a picnic is my absolute favorite activity in the summer. They can be as special or simple as you want them to be and are a load of fun. Find a cool place to spend a couple hours with tons of blankets, pillows and maybe a chair. Pack a lunch with tons of options for snacks and drinks. Then proceed to admire the scenery with a mouth full of chips.

No matter what you do this summer, find something that you love. The summer is a perfect time to get outside and really connect with yourself. Whether that’s listening to music, sitting poolside, or enjoying an outdoor meal, make this summer yours.

CHRISTELLE TEMPLE is a WVU honors sophomore. She contributes a weekly column on health, fitness and motivation. Follow her on Instagram @ellesbells2. Contact her at