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CONSERVATION: Why not volunteer to help save the environment, by tagging turtles in the Bermuda Turtle Project?
File photo CONSERVATION: Why not volunteer to help save the environment, by tagging turtles in the Bermuda Turtle Project?

Do not let the lazy days of summer turn you into a bum.

You can still enjoy your time off while staying on track for the new school year, by following these tips for avoiding a summer slump.

n Reading

Prepare yourself for those AP novels by taking a book to the beach while you tan, or even reading a couple, minutes before bed every night.

Reading does not have to be boring. Try choosing a book that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

n Volunteering

Summer is a great time to pick up a few volunteer hours while helping others.

Perhaps you would like to sign up for a tutoring position where you can review the basics.

n Getting a makeover

There is nothing quite like back-to-school shopping.

However, instead of stopping at a new wardrobe, try a new hairstyle or beauty routine.

n Changing your sleep routine

The early bird catches the worm. Gradually try going to sleep earlier every night. You do not want to meet your new teachers as a zombie.

n Getting physical

This is extremely important for athletes who start conditioning for their sporting seasons.

Exercise will boost energy levels while sculpting a rock hard body.

Try yoga for the mind, swimming for the body, and dancing for the spirit.

n Playing games

Bring out the board games for some easy learning.

Scrabble and Cranium are just a few pastimes that trigger some serious brainpower and laughter.

n Signing up for a summer programme

Many colleges offer summer programmes that allow students to complete ‘trial runs’ of courses that may interest them in the future. Some courses even count for college credit.

Studying abroad is another option for those itching to experience a new culture.

n Getting a job

Work experience is a definite resume booster. Not only will you sharpen your work ethic and people skills but also pick up a few extra bucks.

n Setting goals

Make a list of things you would like to accomplish before graduation.

Writing goals down on paper will help you stay on track, and force you to take action.

Be sure to add a few fun goals into the mix. N

 

Rebecca Wong attends Everglades High School in Miramar, Florida, and is a writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s TeenLink.