College Advice + GIVEAWAY!

By: Kristen Joseph and Kylie Widseth

If you’re about to start college, you probably have a million different emotions running through your head. You’re equal parts excited and nervous about starting this new chapter in your life, and you’re wondering what exactly the future will hold. I bet you wish you had some useful tips to help you start the year off well, right? Well, surprise! We have a few for you, as well as a chance to win one of our Young Adult’s Guides to College (entry details below the article)! Let the learning commence….

Tip #1: Don’t get intimidated. We know sometimes it feels like your classmates are college2way smarter than you, and you feel like you can never measure up. But guess what? You’re literally all starting at the same place. You weren’t accepted to your institution in some rank order from best-to-worst. You were accepted. Each and every one of you. Point blank. The person beside you in class isn’t smarter just because he can come up with a quicker answer to your professor’s question. Just worry about yourself and strive to do your personal best, not the other guy’s. -Kristen

Tip #2: Be friendly. You don’t have to go around saying “Hello!” to every single person you meet on the street, but a small smile never hurt anyone. Meet people on your dorm floor, hang out in the lounge, and chat with the people in your classes. A casual smile or conversation can honestly make someone’s day, especially if they’re stressing out about all the work they have to do. So just be nice. Odds are, it’ll lift your mood too, and make those late-night study sessions a little less depressing. -Kristen

Tip #3: Naps are heaven-sent. I never realized just how amazing an afternoon nap could be until I started college. (On my first day, I literally went to all of my classes, then immediately returned to my room and took a nap, and it felt great!) You shouldn’t constantly put off going to class and studying in favor of sleep; that will get you nowhere. But if you’ve suddenly hit that point where everything you read is gibberish and you can’t form a coherent thought, please take a nap. You’ll thank yourself later once your brain begins to function again. -Kristen

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Tip #4: Get involved. I know just making the plunge to go to a few events where you don’t know anyone can be really scary, but it’s also really important. It’s obviously one of the best ways to make friends, and club meetings are where you can meet people that have some of the same passions as you. Also, meeting friends can encourage positive peer pressure, and it’s much easier to go to an event if you already know that you will know someone there. -Kylie

Tip #5: Go to the library. We sometimes forget that we are at college to study and get a degree! The library can be a great place to study and get work done. For some people, it’s hard to do work in the confinement of their dorm room or they have too many distractions in their dorm. The library can also be another great place to meet people. Maybe that person from your class that you’ve always wanted to talk to just happens to be in the library. Your library also has so many resources available to you and maybe while you’re there, you can check out a book or two (one for class, and one for your own personal enjoyment)! –Kylie

Tip #6: Call your family. Make sure to call your family every once in a while, but don’t let them call too often because you’re only in college for a short time, and you need to take advantage of every opportunity you can! I know this can be hard because you’ve probably been living with them for 18 years and then suddenly, you’re just not. Your parents realize that you’re out having fun and making friends, but they still really like to hear your voice. Set up a schedule of when you can have your phone calls so that you will be sure not to miss each other. –Kylie

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All in all, college is such an exciting time in your life, and you should enjoy it as such! At the end of the day, you will know what works best for you, so as they say, you do you! Do what feels comfortable and right for you.

 

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Back-to-school books

By: Kristen Joseph and Kylie Widseth

We know that no one wants to hear this, but back-to-school time is quickly approaching. Some people love it because they get to see all of their friends. Others dread the first day back because school makes them feel isolated, they hate the tests and assignments, or they just completely detest waking up early. If you’re apprehensive about school for the first reason, never fear! You don’t have to go back to school alone because there are so many fictional characters that go to school, too. If you’re like us, you probably like being able to relate to the characters in all your favorite books. So we’ve compiled a list of 6 books that take place in a high school setting to make this back-to-school season a little less bleak.

TwilightbookTwilight – For some reason this is the first book that came to mind for me. I guess it’s just because the scene in the movie when the Cullens enter the lunchroom at Bella’s high school is just permanently engrained in my mind. Now I’m sure you probably, and hopefully, don’t have vampires that attend your school. Besides the supernatural element, Forks High School isn’t too far from the average American high school. –Kylie

710888Yo8kLThe DUFF – The DUFF takes place in a stereotypical high school filled with mean girls, not-so-mean girls, athletes, and the whole nine yards. I hope that your high school isn’t as cliquey as this suburban Atlanta high school. But as the movie and book goes to show, there is nothing wrong with being a little bit like a DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) because we should all stay true to our identities and embrace who we are. –Kylie

I_Am_Number_Four_CoverI Am Number Four – A significant portion of this book takes place in high school. The main character is fifteen years old and goes through typical high school struggles with friends, relationships, jocks, and bullies. The twist? Our main character is one of the last survivors from a planet called Lorien. Yup, he’s an alien. And he’s got powers like you wouldn’t believe. –Kristen

5287473Hex Hall – This novel starts off in a normal high school, but when a love spell at prom goes horribly awry we’re taken to Hecate (Hex) Hall, a boarding school for delinquent magical teenage beings. You still have your mean girls and awkward outcasts, they just happen to be witches and vampires. At least your school doesn’t have to deal with their supernatural drama (I hope). –Kristen

51qdJATw4-L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Thirteen Reasons Why – I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Netflix series by now. It takes most of the major points from the book, but of course, the two formats still aren’t the same. Either way, the story is heartbreaking, and many of the things that take place actually happen to teenagers today. If you don’t read the book or watch the show, it’s still important for you to understand the issues it talks about. –Kristen

static1.squarespaceAnna and the French Kiss – This is one of my personal favorites. I love it so much that I’ve read it five times (don’t judge me)! It’s set in Paris, at an American boarding school. The main character, Anna, is sent there for her final year of high school by her Nicholas-Sparks-esque father. She’s less than thrilled about spending her senior year in a foreign country away from her friends, and experiences her fair share of first day jitters. But Anna manages to make some great new friends and fantastic memories in spite of it all. (Believe me, my description does not do the book the justice it deserves. I highly suggest reading it. 10/10 recommend.) –Kristen

If you’re ever feeling a little down this year, feel free to grab one of these books (or any other) to remind yourself that you’re not alone. We hope that everyone has a good and safe school year!

Tips on publishing a book

By: Kylie Widseth 

shutterstock_484921945 (1)For any aspiring writer, the process that one has to go through to get a book published may seem pretty daunting. Just coming up with a topic is a difficult task. We all have ideas in our heads that could end up being the next bestseller, but it can be scary to work toward that goal. But we are here to offer you some advice so that the idea of getting your book published won’t seem so intimidating anymore.

Naresh Vissa, an author, takes you through the process of selecting a topic to write a book about.

The first element of a successful book is writing on a particular subject with a clear focus and expertise. The narrower the topic, the better.

As a writer, you must have the knowledge to discuss a topic in depth. It should be something that you are passionate about or are screaming to say. It’s tough to pretend to feel an emotion or passion if you don’t feel it.

shutterstock_689236855You should write a book on a focused, narrow topic that you care about and want an audience to learn about. Many times, I write because I know I have strong, convincing arguments and points on certain subjects, but my friends and family won’t listen to me because they aren’t interested or are too busy with their lives. They don’t want to hear me ramble about book publishing or digital marketing. So, my solution is to write a book for myself. The people who are interested will come later. If the book is good, then they will find your stuff.

Don’t waste your time trying to become a hack author — someone who writes about random topics just because they’re trending on Amazon, Google Trends, or Twitter. It’s impossible to be an expert in disconnected subject areas, and if you’re just writing because you think you’ll sell many copies, then you’ll quickly be labeled as a hack whose writing isn’t genuine.

Businesses must take into account every trend and disruption because people start businesses with the intent of ultimately generating profits. An entrepreneur can’t afford to ignore trends.

shutterstock_409307923But book writing isn’t the exact same as starting a business. This is because writing must be deep and unique in order to make an impact on the readers who are smart enough to purchase and take the time to read your book. They’ll be smart enough to identify the author as a phony, too.

The best books — the ones that last through history — are the ones that were written out of sheer enthusiasm and choice. They’re not the ones based off a Google Trend to make a quick buck.

51M51XmEVKL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Hopefully after hearing Naresh’s advice, you have a book idea swirling around in your head. If you are looking for even more advice on how to publishing your own book or e-book, check out our book So You Want to Publish Your Own Book & E-Book.

Best Reading Spots

By: Kristen Joseph

Have you ever been anywhere and you just suddenly have the urge to curl up and read? That’s me, at least 80 percent of every day. I’ve read while standing at bus stops, during family lunches (I promise, I wasn’t ignoring them, I was just reading because no one was speaking to me at the moment), and while sitting under the dryer when I’m at the hairdresser. But sometimes when that feeling strikes, the atmosphere is just off, and not very conducive to reading. Most of the time, I feel comfortable reading wherever I’m at. As soon as I open up my book, the world is immediately tuned out, and I’m completely absorbed in the story. But, like any reader, I do have favorite reading spots. Hopefully you do too, but if you don’t, here are a couple suggestions to make that special time with your book even more enjoyable:

Public Transit – I cannot even imagine taking public transit without a good book in hand. As long as you don’t suffer frospots4m motion sickness, a bus, train, (or a car, or a plane) is a fantastic place to get some reading done. You could also indulge in an audio book while taking public transportation. You still get to enjoy the feeling of reading, without the added weight of a book in your bag. Bonus: listening to an audio book won’t give you motion sickness!

Window Seat/Comfy Chair – These structures were specifically built for reading. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise.

The Great Outdoors – A nice park bench. Soft grass. A hammock. A rocking chair on a porch. A++ places to zip through a few chapters (or twenty). Just listing those off felt relaxing; imagine how tranquil you’ll feel while reading there.

spots1At “social gatherings – Now, I’m not saying that you should go out with your friends, fully intending to ignore them in favor of the new novel in your bag. But if you happen to be out with friends or family, you’re not talking to anyone, and you’re starting to get bored, it’s perfectly okay to pull out your book and start reading. It’s a better option than sitting around staring at a wall until your friends or family are ready to leave.

Libraries or Bookstores – That one’s a given. If you’re surrounded by books, of course you’ll have an incredible urge to read. Luckily, most libraries and bookstores have chairs so you can do just that!

During “Designated Waiting Periods” – Reading is the perfect solution to boredom when you’re in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, or waiting for class to start. You know you’ll probably be waiting anyway, so you might as well enjoy a novel adventure during that time.

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Bed – The best place to read, in my opinion. My fondest reading memories always include lying in bed, lamp on, under a blanket, and leaning on pillows (if I have a bowl of leftover Chinese food too, it’s definitely one of my best nights ever).

Of course, there are many more places that you can turn into your own personal book nook. Go exploring and find a few more to add to this list!

My Favorite Quotes

By: Kristen Joseph

One of my favorite things about being a reader is finding quotes throughout the text. Not just something memorable that a character says, or the mantra for a revolution, but a string of words that seem as if they are speaking directly to you, burrowing themselves so deeply into your heart and mind that you could never possibly forget them. Those are my favorite types of quotes.

Whenever I find one that speaks to me like that — whether it’s in a book, text post, or just something that I randomly happen upon — I write it down in a journal specifically designated for quotes. Today, I’ve decided to share five of my favorites with you:

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  1. I am built to weather the storm, to come out on the other side and survive, more confident and equipped than I ever would have thought possible. – Kristen Joseph

This was the last line of my college application essay. I know it’s a tad ridiculous to quote myself, but I just have so much love for this sentence. I wrote the essay about a difficult time in my life that I overcame, and the quote is a nice little reminder that I’ve lived through hard times before, and I can do it again.

  1. Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes

A lovely inspirational quote that I found in a fortune cookie, from the Langston Hughes poem Dreams. It’s a great reminder that having dreams, and goals that you’re working towards, is never a bad thing.

  1. q2A word is the only thing in the world made more powerful by absence than existence.The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

The existence of a word is concrete; a definition is given for a situation when the word is present. But if a word is missing, the situation is undefined and uncertain. It’s like when you’re in that gray area of a relationship between just “going out” and being someone’s boyfriend/girlfriend. You need clarity about whether you’re in a serious relationship or just seriously friendzoned before you start planning for your future with the other person. 

  1. When reading, we don’t fall in love with the characters’ appearance. We fall in love with their words, their thoughts, and their hearts. We fall in love with their souls. Anonymous ( amongstwoodedpaths post)

            My reaction to this text post: “YES! Someone finally put it into words!”

  1. That’s why literature is so fascinating. It’s always up for interpretation, and could be a hundred different things to a hundred different people. It’s never the same thing twice.Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Reaction: “Finally. Someone who shares my exact opinion on literature.” This is why I love to reread books — the experience is so different every time, no matter how many times I’ve read the same words.

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Why You Should Read all Genres

By: Kylie Widseth

I don’t know about you, but I’m 100 percent guilty of reading one genre and sticking to it. So I understand people who feel the same way as me. But there are so many benefits to diversifying your reading and reading every genre that you possibly can.

I won’t be able to cover every single genre because there are quite a few different types out there, but these are just a few genres that first came to mind.

shutterstock_415030975Nonfiction

I know, I know. I’m pretty sure I heard a collective groan from everyone reading this because, if you’re like me, you just naturally think of school textbooks when you hear that word. But nonfiction books can actually be really fun and enjoyable to read! According to Goodreads, the top three nonfiction books are The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and Bossypants by Tina Fey.

On that note, people sometimes forget that biographies are considered to be nonfiction, so consider picking up a biography about one of your role models and learning a few things about them!

Atlantic has tons of nonfiction books to choose from, too; after all, we are a nonfiction publisher. I may be a slightly biased source, but I find our books to be very enjoyable!

Check out some of our books on our website! We have some young adult books, some memoirs, some self-help books and so much more!

shutterstock_258470099Young Adult

This is one of my personal favorites as it’s the genre I most typically read! There is nothing quite like a young adult book. The characters are just so fun and relatable. I’m at the age now where I’m starting to outgrow this genre, but it’s still fun for me to read because it brings me back to when I was in high school! And if you are currently a young adult yourself, it’s fun to get to learn and grow from reading these character’s stories!

shutterstock_590503346Fantasy/Science Fiction

Books transport us into other worlds and fantasy books specifically transport us into worlds that we might not have been able to even fathom on our own. The beauty in reading fantasy books is just that; there is nothing as magical as being transported to a completely new universe, even if only for a few hundred pages. You can quite literally get lost in a fantasy book and learn more about the world through the endless amounts of world building!

shutterstock_554188024Mystery/Suspense

Mystery is another one of my personal favorites since thrillers could arguably fall into this category as well. Every once in a while it’s exciting to stimulate our brains to see if we can solve the mystery before the characters in the book can. I’ll admit that most of the time I’m wrong when it comes to solving the crime, but it’s still really fun to take all the hints the author gives and see if I can become a detective. I think I’ll stick to publishing because clearly, I’m not a great sleuth.

There are so many other genres I didn’t get a chance to mention like romance, contemporary, dystopian, paranormal, etc. But I tried to just briefly touch on a couple popular genres that first came to mind. But in their own way, every genre and every book has something to offer!

Now the next time you’re looking for a book to read, consider picking up a book that isn’t in your usual genre. You might be surprised with how much you enjoy the book and maybe you will find yourself with a new favorite genre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Secret to Writing Poetry — There Isn’t One!

By: Kristen Joseph

 

Hey, diddle, diddle,

The cat and the fiddle,

The cow jumped over the moon;

The little dog laughed

To see such sport,

And the dish ran away with the spoon.

There seems to be a widely held misconception that poetry is boring. All poems are either cheesy nursery rhymes (like the Mother Goose classic above) or stuffy intellectual pieces that take an eternity to fully analyze and decode. I mean, who even writes poetry anymore?

poetA lot of people, actually. Especially teens. After StageofLife.com conducted a poetry writing contest, data showed that 60% of the thousands of 14 to 19 year olds who participated found writing poetry to be a “freeing” activity.

You see, everyone seems to think that poems have to adhere to strict rules of rhyme and rhythm — the three lines of a tranquil haiku follow the 5-7-5 syllable rule and silly limericks have to follow a syllabic structure and rhyme scheme — but that is simply not true. Some types of poetry, like a sonnet or a villanelle, have a structure that must be followed in order for the poem to be qualified as a sonnet or a villanelle. But if you’re just beginning (or if you just enjoy the freedom of writing without having to follow specific rules), free verse is where it’s at.

Free verse poetry is exactly what it sounds like: free. No guidelines or gimmicks, vintage poetryjust you and your written thoughts. You don’t need complete sentences or any type of rhyme scheme, and you can even make up words.

The best thing about free verse writing is that you can write about anything that you want. School, something you’re passionate about, or even a completely random object can be the subject of a poem. It’s a great way to get rid of thoughts rolling around in your head, and you can literally create poetry anywhere, making it a fantastic way to eliminate boredom. If you want to read someone else’s work to see how it’s done, there are tons of bestselling poetry books out there, like Milk and Honey and the princess saves herself in this one, that are written from a young adult perspective and have earned 4 out of 5 stars, according to the customer reviews.

boypoet.jpgMost schools have some kind of writing or literary club, so if you want support on your new poetic adventures, I’m sure you can find some. If you can’t discover any in person, though, there are a significant amount of online forums, just for teens to post their poetry. Some websites, like PowerPoetry.org, even offer college scholarships just for entering original poems into their “Scholarship Slams!”

So if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at writing your own poem, now is the perfect time to start.

Here, I’ll start writing with you. Remember, the poem doesn’t have to be amazing; it’s just an introductory piece. You may love it, you may hate it, but if you keep writing, I guarantee that you’ll get better and ideas will come to you more easily. Now, think of a word. Just one word. Write it down…and keep writing, until you run out of things to say. Here’s what I came up with for the word “intent”:

Intent yet furnished on

gilded desires

focused singularly on

achievement.

Triumphant sounds resounding

on wavelengths of

praise,

cheers enveloping all

atmosphere surrounding

screaming

“Yes, you have

accomplished.

You are worthy.”

 

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Your turn.

Well That Was Awkward: How to Combat That Embarrassed Feeling During Conversation

By: Kristen Joseph

Comm1Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation and noticed you were rambling? Or you said something that you immediately wished you could take back? Communication is definitely not the easiest skill to master. Whether you’re in a professional situation, giving a speech, or just having a casual conversation with friends, you’re bound to experience moments where you feel incredibly awkward. I know I have. But don’t worry, life goes on; you likely won’t feel that awkward forever. If you’d like to start getting rid of that awkwardness now, take a peek at the case study below to begin embracing the embarrassment.

Let’s face it—you’re awkward. You’re going through puberty, discovering yourself, and finding out who you want to be friends with. High school is a time of difficult change. But you don’t have to let your awkwardness inhibit you from making friends and being a great communicator. Everyone is awkward, so you don’t need to be embarrassed.

Meet Anna—she wears thick glasses, tends to be shy, and never knows when to say the right thing. Overcoming her awkwardness has always been a struggle. It’s her junior year, and she’s determined to make a change; but how?

Here are a few tips for combating your awkwardness:  Comm3

  • Accept your awkwardness: It’s going to happen either way, so just accept it. Who cares if your voice cracks, you tend to stutter, or blurt out the wrong thing. Those blunders last momentarily, and everyone does them. Instead of being afraid of messing up while talking to people, be comfortable with yourself and accept your mistakes. Don’t let fear hold you back from potential opportunities.
  • Laugh it off: If you make a mistake, laugh it off. People around you will take it better, and so will you. It’s better to make light of a situation instead of stressing about it.
  • Know that your social skills will get better: It’s going to get better, that’s the great thing. This is only high school; you have college and your career ahead of you. No one will remember how awkward you were 10 years from now. Embrace your personality, and be yourself.

Instead of letting her awkwardness continue to get the best of her, Anna accepted her social blunders gracefully and continued to meet new friends. After this acceptance, she soon grew confident and bettered her social situations, making new friends along the way. You can do this, too, with time and being true to yourself.

510yQ9vjwALFor even more tips on how to communicate like a pro, check out our book The Young Adults Survival Guide to Communication.

Book Blogging 101

By: Kylie Widseth

shutterstock_593109293I don’t know about you, but every time I read a book, I want to share my thoughts with someone or even shout how much I love the book from the rooftops.

Since the second option might not be a socially acceptable answer, I’ve come up with a more appropriate way to share your feelings about a book: blogging.

A couple years ago, I actually created my own blog! It’s been a really fun way to vocalize my thoughts on different books that I read. While I do sometimes make recorded videos about my thoughts on a book, there is something to be said about the written word. For me, it’s sometimes much easier to write my thoughts down than to vocalize them out loud, because I can really craft my words and edit them if I write them down.

shutterstock_577600897Book blogging is also a great way to keep track of the books you read; I often go back to my blog to see what books I have and haven’t read. It’s also nice to be able to go back and read all about what you thought of the book. People will often ask me, “Is [insert book name here] a good book?” and I read so much that I will often go back and reference my blog posts in order to refresh my memory on what I read.

On the flip side, it’s just a fact of life that we won’t love every single book we read. It’s nice to, at that moment in time, be able to talk about what you didn’t like so when people ask why you didn’t love the book, you have specific reasons as to why you didn’t like it. Don’t be afraid to talk about a book you didn’t like, but always remember to be respectful about it. People will listen to your thoughts more if you explain specific reasons why you didn’t like the book instead of just saying you hate it and leaving it at that.

shutterstock_350982164Blogging is also a great way to connect with people; you can meet other bloggers and connect all about book blogging! You can bond with people about books you both mutually loved and even books you both mutually hated, especially if they are books most people love. When I went to BookExpo this past May, I got to interact with and talk to so many other book bloggers and make friends from all over the world!

I know starting a blog can be scary, but it’s such a great opportunity to express your views with the rest of the book community and maybe even people that aren’t readers! It’s a daunting task to figure out which platform you want to create your blog on, and my suggestion would be to start with WordPress. There are real company websites out there that use WordPress as a base to create the elaborate sites they now have.

51DanJuR0KL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_If you’ve ever pondered starting a book blog, I highly recommend it! There is no time like the present! And if you’re looking for more tips and tricks check out our book, So You Want to Start a Blog.

Before College Summer Bucket List

By: Kylie Widseth

What a fun time in your life! The period between high school and right before you start college, a summer filled with endless possibilities. I decided to create a list full of five things you might want to consider doing this summer before you start your college days!

  1. Read that book you’ve always been meaning to – This is the time in your life when you (most likely) don’t have to worry about any assigned summer reading. It’s one of the first times that the world is truly your own library. You don’t necessarily have to read the classics anymore! If you’re thinking you aren’t much of a reader, just try to pick up a book that peaks your interest. Get out there and get reading!
  2. shutterstock_367732748Road trip – Go travel the world, travel your state or even travel your city – Take your friends and just drive the open road. As they say in the One Direction song, go to places you can’t even pronounce. Sometimes those small cities along the way create the best memories.
  3. Visit your favorite spots in your hometown – Go to your favorite restaurants, diners, and ice cream shop. Make sure to especially visit some of your favorite local places since they won’t be in your college town.
  4. shutterstock_358226081Spend time with friends – I know this seems like kind of an obvious one, but really, spend time with your friends! Especially those you know won’t be going on to the same college as you. Have sleepovers, go shopping, and eat at your favorite places! Or just sit around doing absolutely nothing together. The bottom line: just enjoy each other’s presence while you can.
  5. Get a job – Money is essential in college and college costs can rack up. Try to get a job to make some extra cash as you make your way into college.
  6. Dorm shopping – Shopping for your new place can be very fun, and it can also be overwhelming. Try to so some shopping here and there so you aren’t left with doing all your shopping in one single trip!
  7. shutterstock_609626255Have some alone time – Spend some time just doing you and being you on your own time. Go on a hike by yourself or just spend some time in your room watching YouTube or Netflix.

Regardless of what you decide to do with your summer, just remember to enjoy every second of it! You’re about to embark on a very exciting chapter of your life!