Expectations Vs. Reality: Summer Break

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Expectations Vs. Reality: Summer Break

Yunju Lee

Yunju Lee

Yunju Lee

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It’s finally the end of the school year, and we all know what that means: Summer break is near! With that being said, it’s no secret that everyone has been fantasizing about what adventures they will embark on in the summer of 2019 from the very first day of school.  The question is how does a person define summer adventure? Everyone’s plans for an epic summer are different. A summer adventure for one person may be attending a concert in a sold-out arena for a world-renowned performer, while a summer adventure for another person may involve helping your Uncle Burt set up a garage sale while listening to him drone on and on about his so-called “glory days.” The main point of this is to advise you to save the ink in your pens from being used when writing a completely unrealistic bucket list for summer break.

An expectation that most people have is that you can just simply waltz your way into a concert or an amusement park. If you’re planning on going to a concert or amusement park this summer, you should start making preparations ASAP. If you don’t plan early, the only special mouse that you’ll be seeing this summer is the mouse that you’ll be waiting to see pop out from the corner of your wall.  

Another thing that should be taken into account is concert etiquette, which is especially something important to remember when attending music festivals. Music festivals are typically outdoor venues where people are free to place their wrappers and containers wherever they please. Also, you should mentally prepare yourself for porta potties.

Another expectation is hitting up stores for the latest summer trends. This sounds all fine and dandy when thinking about it. Once you hear that swiping sound of your card, you will begin to hear the sizzling sound of the hole starting to form in your wallet. The only advice that should be given to you on that topic is that you should budget how much money you’ll be spending on your summer apparel. You may also want to spend your money on experiences, so don’t waste it all on clothes. This doesn’t mean that you have to be walking around looking like Oscar the Grouch in order to pay for an admission ticket to Six Flags. This just simply means that you shouldn’t let your entire summer be sucked up by one shopping spree. An idea that could help you keep some of the money in your pocket and have the trendiest finds this summer is going to vintage clothing stores. Vintage stores are the perfect way to find fashionable clothing items without having to spend so much money.

An entire survival guide should be dedicated to how to survive summer break. What has just been written, should not scare you into thinking that your summer will be a bust. It should make you aware of how to budget your money and time, while still having fun in the process. There is no such thing as a perfect summer break, but we all aspire to have one. Summer is just meant to be safe fun in the sun. Trying to make your summer completely perfect will cause time to slip through your hands and the next thing you know it’s August again. There is only one summer in 2019, so why not make the summer break of 2019 the best one yet?

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