Two months of no school means no homework to complete, no tests to study for, and no group projects to stress over. However, summer can also be the reason we become lazy. I was worried that I might slip into laziness this summer, so I made a great plan to live my summer to the fullest! Here are my tips to beat   summer laziness and make the most of summer!

Apply for a job – I applied for a job in the spring and I’m working with Toronto Youth Leadership at a Summer Camp for 3-5 year olds. I find that having a job helps improve my time-management, communication and leadership skills. It’s also encouraging me to be social.

Earn volunteer hours – Volunteering at small or big events helps you meet new people and learn new things. My fellow GEM intern Vanessa Mugoa is volunteering all over the city at local events like Luminato, The Fringe Festival and the PanAm Games, she’s learning and having new experiences that are contributing to a fabulous memory filled summer. So check for events happening around your neighbourhood to volunteer at. I’m volunteering with both GEM and FranqGirl as a Creative Writer, and it’s keeping me on my toes.

Make plans with friends – I have made lots of plans with my friends this summer to help get me outside and go to places without the worry of having to go to school the next day. There is so much happing in Toronto this summer, so making plans to go to events together that are happening around the city and in your neighbourhood is turning out to be one of the best parts of summer.

Take a trip –  Travelling opens your mind and gives you the opportunity to explore a new place with new people. Whether you go to Quebec City or Australia, there is always something to see.

Be Fearless! – I’m not going to let the next two months off go to waste by not learning something new about myself. Whether it’s through my job, my volunteer work or the travel I’m planning. The only way to grow is to put yourself out there, and that’s exactly what I intend to do.
I hope sharing my plan to beat laziness helps you to have an extraordinary summer of growth and happiness! Do you have any tips on how to get the most out of summer? All of us here at GEM would love to hear them!

Selina McCallum is a GEMgirl in the 2014/15 cohort,  student at Marc Garneau C.I. and a Digital Journalism Intern for GEM.