50 things to check off your summer to-do list

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Whether you are heading back home or staying in Lakeland, we have a list of 50 things to check off your summer to-do list before starting your fall semester….or before you have to start “adulting”. You may not be able to do them all, but we guarantee that they will help you relax, prepare, and work on being the best you can be!

Clean out the closet

No need to collect clothes that no longer fit or are out of style. Donate to a local organization like Lighthouse Ministries and revamp your wardrobe for the fall.

Reorganize your life

Spring semester can take a toll on your social calendar. Take some time to plan out your activities during the fall semester, connect with old friends, and set goals for the next school year!

Work on your resume

Sounds fun, right? Now is the time to put your all into your resume so you have something that really stands apart from the crowd. Look into our Lakeland Intern program for help on all things resume!

Binge watch Netflix

We know that the school semester is rough for everyone and takes us away from one of our favorite pass times. Take some “you time” and watch all of those shows you weren’t able to watch this semester, but don’t get too carried away. It’s easy to get lost in the world of Netflix.

Read for pleasure

Pleasure reading will be a delicacy once you get on campus. Between studying and your social life, it can be hard to find time to read for fun!

Catch up with high school pals

When people come home for the summer, they love to reconnect with old friends. See what everyone is up to and grab lunch at a local favorite. If you’re in Lakeland, Black & Brew is a catch-up friendly environment that we highly recommend.

Sleep in

Sleep is just another delicacy for us college students. Take some time to sleep in and get those hours back that you missed from studying. We will keep it on the “DL” if you sleep past noon…no judgement here.

Check something off your bucket list

Whether that’s running a half marathon or painting a masterpiece, go do it! It could be a great “about me” ice breaker for the orientation games you will have to play, or an interesting conversation starter with next year’s roommate.


It’s always a great idea to take some time to give back to your community, so get a group of friends together and extend a helping hand. It’s a guaranteed feel good activity! In Lakeland, we recommend looking into the Lakeland Regional Volunteer program.

Watch your favorite movies

Some of your favorite throwbacks can really help you relax and reminisce on simpler times that didn’t involve deadlines, finals, or having to be a grown up. Maybe kick back and watch a classic Disney movie or The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings series (a personal favorite).

Create a LinkedIn

A pretty essential tool you will find coming in handy. Connect with professionals, professors, and other students to help snag jobs, internships, and more. Lakeland Intern is here to save the day once again with essential resources for your desired employment.

Stay healthy

Take an interest in keeping active and eating well. You can walk around the downtown area, take a stroll around some lakes, or even join a gym. Here is a list of gyms we recommend you look into to help you find that rockin’ summer bod and your #summergoals.

Read the news

A lot of things happen all over the world, and as students, we can get carried away in our hectic lives. Take some time this summer to follow what is going on in the world and stay connected. It’s super important and can take only a few minutes out of your day.

Eat good food

You survived the spring semester, so treat yo self. Eat some of your favorite foods and love on yourself. The beach bod and “stay healthy” can come after some self care.

Spend time with the family

It’s important to connect with old friends, but your family missed you too! Take some time to catch them up on the details of your life and ask them about home and what’s new.

Learn to cook

You won’t have to be chef status, but learning a few quick tricks in the kitchen will help you when you get tired of eating in the cafeteria and are sick of ordering pizza every night.

Set up doctor’s appointments

Now is the best time to get caught up on physicals and all other appointments you may find time conflicts with during the fall. Set them all up over the summer when you know you will have free time.

Clean up your social

Your appearance on the internet is important in the world of business, so make sure you organize your social media platforms so it represents who you really are. People want to know the real you, so show it. Lakeland Intern knows a thing or two about professionalism, so take a look at what they have to offer and look at some student profiles for examples to follow.

Learn your new whereabouts

Check out what there is to do in Lakeland, or wherever you are staying this summer. Conveniently, Lakeland has a 50 things to do post!

Road trip

Set up a road trip with friends and go somewhere you have always wanted to go. It doesn’t have to break the bank, either! Make it a day trip or a week trip depending on your budget and schedule.

Set up a budget

A budget will be your biggest friend in college. Start saving for college loans and be aware of your financial situation through checking your bank account online and setting money aside for emergencies. Like the great philosopher Lil Dicky once said, we must “$ave dat money”.

Apply for credit/debit cards

It’s important to start building your own credit score for the “grown up world”, so look into getting your very own credit card or even a debit card. Make sure you understand what they are and the pros and cons of each!

Snag some quiet time

When you are at college, you are never truly alone. Be sure to snag some mental health days to recoup and re-energize before going back to classes in the fall. These spots around Lakeland helped you during finals week, but they can also help give you some peace and quite around town.

Start on a multivitamin

We all know that going back to school means going back to being sick in the beginning of the year, so make yourself a survivor of the community sickness by preparing over the summer. A healthy lifestyle is important for your mental health too!

Relax outside

Relaxing is an essential part of recouping from college, and what better way to do that than outside in the fresh air? Hammocks are the best way to kick back and enjoy the summer breeze. Lakelanders can look at our hammock guide to find the best spots to camp out around town.

Pamper yourself

Get a haircut, have your nails done, get a massage, buy some new clothes, and relax before the fall semester to be in the best mindset possible. Launching yourself back into school mode can be hard on your mental health, so take some pampering time to really treat yourself. For the best pamper possible, look into 5th & Hall with Reborn Blow Dry Bar & Barber in their new location downtown.

Start a blog or a journal

Recapping the year in a written way can be something you hold onto for years! You can write about all your adventures for yourself or even start a instagram/vlog account to give a visual of a day in the life. Just don’t forget about us when you become a famous blogger!

Simplify your mornings

Learning how to get ready in a pinch will be a lifesaver on mornings you sleep in a little too late. Try to see how quickly you can get ready…it’s an art in college to wake up 15 minutes before class and make it on time.

Take a self-defense class

These classes can be super beneficial for any situation, and can be a fun experience too! Take one at home or at Wing Chun in downtown Lakeland.

Change your address

You won’t want to come back to a mailbox stuffed with all of your regularly received mail, so make sure to change your address to the one you will be staying at all summer. You don’t want to miss out on all the love letters you’ll be getting!

Foster relationships

Spend time investing in relationships you currently posses to help them withstand the stress of distance during the fall months. Your contact may be compromised, but keeping an interest while you are home may help these relationships last.

Go shopping

Spend a day picking out a few nice things for your new digs before you head back. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this, either! Shop thrift stores or second-hand stores to grab something new to you on the cheap.

Plan for a fall job

If you aren’t working during the summer, make sure to be actively looking for internships or jobs that you can come back to in the fall.  It’s always nice to have something worked out before classes start and all the stress that comes with it.

Go to the beach

A given, really. Get the sand between your toes and enjoy the weather with a good book or great friends.

Go to a concert

Who doesn’t love live music? Gather the gang together and see a favorite. Lakeland is riddled with live music all week every week.

Hit up a late-night movie premiere

The summer is always known for having great films, so find one you like with friends you like and watch it together! We highly recommend Silver Moon Drive-In for all your late night adventures.

Download brain games

As fun as it is to mindlessly watch Netflix all summer, it is always a good idea to challenge your brain with some brain games. The mobile phone app stores are riddled with fun, interactive games that can keep you on your toes and ready for your next life challenge.

Rediscover yourself

Start learning your strengths and weaknesses, like maybe how you study or how others perceive you. It is a great learning tool for applying to jobs and meeting new people.

Have a pool day

Or a lake day – any body of water kind of day, really. Soak up the sun, listen to some Lakeland jams, and enjoy your freedom.

Create a vision board

Take to Pinterest and create something that inspires you. What do you want to see yourself doing in the next year? Mold your board to help you achieve that.

Hit up free events

Like food truck rallies, movies in the park, etc. The free ones are usually the most fun and you never have buyers regret if you didn’t have a fun time.

Be happy

It’s summer! Enjoy your time off while you can.

Take pictures

Master your inner photographer and snap lots of photos for a summer to remember.

Take a yoga class

Learn the art of corpse pose. It will only benefit during stressful study sessions or finals week. Balance Culture, Yoga Pointe, and Satya Life Yoga are places to start for some soul searching in Lakeland.

Plan a date night

Date nights are always a good idea, and it’s always nice to surprise your significant other with something special. We have a story that gives you some great date night ideas around Lakeland, so you could call us your wing-man/wing-woman…it’s what we are here for.

Pick up a new hobby

Underwater basket weaving strike your fancy? Now’s the time to start learning your new craft!

Try a new restaurant

You won’t know if you like it if you never try it. Here in Lakeland we have so many choices to choose from, so take some time and find your new favorite eatery.

Pick up some life quotes

Find quotes that inspire you and write them down somewhere you can reference them frequently. Little reminders like that go a long way during stressful times at college.

Apply for scholarships

Scholarships can be found all over the internet and will save you from having to pay for some loans in the future. It will make any semester and your “adulting” much less stressful. Take some time to do some research and find that free money! Trust us, there is nothing wrong with being a penny-pincher.

Finally, You do you

You know you best. Take some time to do what YOU want to do. Whether it’s on your own or with family and friends, we hope that you can take some time to appreciate all the hard work you put in this year.