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Summer Activities For Broke Students

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By Cain Hernandez
Music Journalist

If you’ve been overhearing your friends talk about their vacation plans, and have no idea what you’re going to do for the summer break because you have no money, then this is the list for you! I’ve compiled a list of things to do over when break that requires little to no money. Sure, this list may seem boring when all your friends are going to Colorado or someplace equally exciting…

Here are some things you can do over summer break:

Go to the Movies

The college lifestyle is incredibly busy, and a lot of the time, movies are the last thing we think about. Going to the movies is great, and there are probably a ton of new movies you missed out on during the semester. But movies can be expensive nowadays. I thought this was a list for broke people? Well, did you know that going to the movies early can get you the matinee price? Also, using your student discount can subtract even more off the ticket price. And if you really want to save money, have your parents drop you off.

Sleep in

During the semester, you probably spent many sleepless nights trying cram for a test that you didn’t study for. Catch up on that sleep during the break. If you have a job that allows you to sleep during the day, take advantage of that. Delete all your alarms, and wake up naturally. Eventually, you’ll look in the mirror one afternoon– following a 10-hour slumber — and the person staring back at you will be unrecognizable. The stress that left its mark on your beautiful face will have disappeared… at least until next semester.

“Check out some of your local music venues; there might be one of your favorite bands playing!” Photo by Renee Dominguez

Go to Some Shows

If you’re from a city that has a decent local music scene, go out and discover some new band. Check out some of your local music venues; there might even one of your favorite bands playing. Bands are always touring, and I guarantee there will always be someone worth seeing. Do some research, and look out some of the musicians that are playing in your area. You might just discover your new favorite band.

Be Productive

I understand that no one wants to do anything during vacation, but being productive will make you feel good, and give you a sense of accomplishment. Instead of binge watching Netflix, why not pick up a book? Or maybe go out and get some exercise. You don’t have to go to the gym if that’s not your thing, instead you could go hiking, biking, or just go and play basketball with some friends. Of course, being productive doesn’t always mean exercising or reading. You take the time to learn how to paint, or play an instrument.


Here’s an idea, how about working as much as you possibly can during the break to save up money. Work overtime, and bask in that glorious time-and-a-half pay differential. If you are currently unemployed, now is the best time to start applying. There will be tons of seasonal jobs looking for employees. Save up your money. This way, you won’t have to worry about working as much during the semester. Or you could save up all that money, and use it for spring break, or possibly a vacation for a later break.

Featured illustration by KTSW Multimedia. 

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